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Lomas heartbreak in wake of Carl Lomas tragedy
The body of 18-year-old Carl Lomas, second son of Mayor Lomas, was found yesterday in Kooroogal Park.
Carl’s death adds to the grief of parents Allan and Rosita Lomas, whose first son Frank was killed two years ago in a car accident.
Speaking on behalf of Cairnley Police, Senior Constable Douglas released a statement to NXN News.
“At approximately 2pm today, the Cairnely police station received information that a body had been discovered. The body was found by two male youths. There does not appear to be any evidence of foul play.”
Two fellow Saint Hugh’s students discovered Carl’s body on their way home from school. The mother of one of the students said she “thought Carl was ok”, stressing the harm of silently suffering mental illness.
In an interview with Mrs Lomas, she insisted Carl’s death was completely unexpected. “He had everything to live for,” she said.
Mrs Lomas said alcohol was not a factor. “Carl never touched a drop of alcohol in his life”.
Mrs Lomas said she was distraught at losing “a wonderful human being”. “We all miss him so much,” she said.
The students who found Carl said they acted as quickly as possible.
“We ran, got the man there to ring the police.”
“This is terrible for the family,” one of the students’ mothers said.
“I can’t believe they’ve lost another son. They were just trying to get over Frank’s death.”
Mayor Lomas is expected to release a statement in the coming days, detailing his decisions on his political future following the tragedy.
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