Family of Kiwi hit by train in Melbourne want to bring him home


Jason Kahukiwa was struck by a commuter train about 11.45pm on Thursday. Photo / via GoFund/Me

The family of a man hit by a train last week in have set up a fundraising page to bring his body home.
Two men were tragically killed on a train track in Melbourne on Thursday night – as father of two Callum Hall, 20, tried to rescue his friend, New Zealand born Jason Kahukiwa, 21.
The pair were struck by a commuter train about 11.45pm on Thursday.

The fundraising page set up by New Zealand-born Jason Kahukiwa’s family. Photo / via GoFundMe

According to The Age, the incident was described by police as a “definite tragedy”, and they have ruled out any suspicious circumstances.
family friends Aleisha Hancy has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to bring Mr Kahukiwa’s body home to New Zealand.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce the sudden passing of Jay Kahukiwa – our son, brother, moko, nephew, uncle and dearest friend,” she wrote on the page.

“On behalf of Kylie Kahukiwa and her family, I would like to ask our friends and family to come together to help raise money to assist with this process. Any donation / koha helps.””We are kindly asking for some help to take his body back to New Zealand for his final resting place.
The page has so far raised $3505 of its $15,000 goal.
The Daily Mail reported that the train was travelling within the 65km/h limit when it struck the pair.
Mr Hall was described by his sister Sophia as a hero, who loved Mr Kahukiwa like a brother, the Herald Sun reported.
“He has always been like that. He is really heroic, has a really good heart and we are just devastated because he didn’t want to go: he had two kids and he was a really good dad.
“He did a wonderful thing for the best reasons, to help a friend.”

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