Over a Thousand Gather at Sydney Vigil for Cassius Turvey

Over a thousand people gathered at a vigil on Wednesday, November 2, for indigenous teenager Cassius Turvey, who was allegedly attacked while walking home from school in Perth and later died from his injuries.

Footage by Storyful journalist Zoe Antoun shows the crowd at Sydney Town Hall.

Cassius, a Noongar Yamatji teenager, was allegedly beaten with a metal pole while walking home from school with a group of friends in Middle Swan on October 13, the ABC said. The 15-year-old died in hospital 10 days later.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder in relation to the case, the ABC said.

Aboriginal leaders condemned what they called a “cowardly racist act against an innocent child” and urged authorities to hear their concerns, according to NITV. Credit: Zoe Antoun via Storyful

Video transcript

- --for about 20 years in Sydney, in Western Sydney. I know that the Koori people are very loving, very kind, and always looking after us. So I decided to marry one myself. But you know, I'm feeling for Aunty Mechelle Turvey. We all are.

- --Australia. And that's your people, as well. Thank you very much.

[APPLAUSE]

- We've lost so many children in a battle where they're not even prepared. So how--

[CHEERING]

- Black kids matter. Let me hear you. Our kids matter. Black kids matter. Our kids matter. Our kids matter. Our kids matter.

[CHEERING]

[INAUDIBLE] Right. Now that we--

- --for about 20 years in Sydney, in western Sydney. I know that the Koori people are very loving, very kind, and always looking after us. So I decided to marry one myself. But you know, I'm feeling for Aunty Mechelle Turvey. We all are.

- --Australia. And that's your people as well. Thank you very much.

[APPLAUSE]

- We've lost so many children in a battle where they're not even prepared. So how--

[CHEERING]

- Black kids Let me hear you. Our kids matter. Our kids matter. Our kids matter. Our kids matter. Our kids matter.

[CHEERING]

[INAUDIBLE] Right. Now that we--