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Friday, June 24, 2016
Community Safety Murder Female Aggression Two women charged with murder of teenager Aaron Pajich after body found Perth Now June 23, 2016 Gender Equality Violence by Women Male Victim The #genderspecific approach to #crime is wrong. Female aggression, physical or emotional is a community safety issue. "It doesn't matter what she did" she is entitled to rule of law, equal application of the law and due process Pete Dowe
Before the police conference, Sharon Pajich told PerthNow Aaron was a “loving boy” and a gentle soul.
“He was a very good boy and he would never have hurt anyone,” she said. “He respected life and everything else . . . he enjoyed school.”
She said he would be missed “very deeply” and wanted it known she had “always loved him”.
Aaron’s father Keith Sweetman said he and Aaron’s stepmother Veronica Desmond were shocked and shattered, describing the teenager as a “lovely child and great boy”.
“(He was) always helping us, would always come and see us, would always be there to help us when we needed help,” he said.
Mr Sweetman said his son was “very trusting”.
“Because he loved people, his heart was not bad, he didn’t smoke, he didn’t drink, he went to church. He gave himself to the Lord and then someone goes and takes him.”
Mr Sweetman said police broke the news to him on Tuesday night and he had the awful task of identifying his son’s body on Wednesday.
“It’s extremely sad. I just couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Earlier, a friend of the Pajich family who arrived at the house where Aaron’s body was found said the family was in shock over the tragic development.
“They are in shock and absolute disbelief,” the young woman, who did not want to be named, said.
The woman said plans were already under way to set up a gofundme page to help the 18-year-old’s family.
Following news of Aaron’s death, tributes have been pouring in on social media.
A former classmate of the teen wrote on Facebook: “R.I.P little one can’t believe this happened, I remember back last year at school when I used to come to you and ask you to hang when (you) had no one to hang with.”
“Your such a sweet, loving and carrying boy that goes out and help others in class. Taken to Soon!! Will be Miss.”
Another friend posted a touching tribute on Facebook, saying Aaron did not deserve such an end. “I’m almost crying. RIP Aaron you didn’t deserve this. You didn’t deserve a life of being bullied just to end up dead in some ... back yard. You were a sweet boy, who was so innocent. You’re an angel now enjoy your life of peace.”
A Gofundme page has also been set up to help Aaron’s family with funeral costs.
“An innocence taken advantage of and forever taken from this world. Please support the Sweetman/Pajich families in helping with the funeral to lessen some of the stress at this horrible time,” the page reads.
A woman who donated posted a message that she had the “honour” of being Aaron’s maths teacher when he was in year six at Kwinana Christian School.
“He always had a smile and a genuine heart to welcome you into his world,” she said.
“As a mother of a son with autism myself, I cannot imagine what sorrow his family are going through. I am so very sorry Aaron that your innocence was taken too early. Much love to his family.”
Mr Sweetman said he and Aaron’s stepmother, who are both pensioners, were also concerned about the financial cost of laying Aaron to rest. He said any help – even well wishes – would be gratefully received. “We’re just going to try to do everything we can to pay for any service because neither of us can work, we’re both on the pension,” he said.
“It’s so sad; we’re worried we cannot pay for his funeral.”
Before Aaron’s body was found, the last confirmed sighting of the 18-year-old was around 10am on Monday, June 13, at a Rockingham City Shopping Centre taxi rank, where he was due to meet a women and a man known only as “Daniel”.
Aaron’s stepmother Veronica Desmond told media on Tuesday that the family was worried “something has happened” to Aaron or “someone has harmed him”.
“Or that it’s too late completely and even worse has happened,” she told Ten News Perth.
Ms Desmond said Aaron, known to frequent the Kwinana Town Centre and gaming stores around the metropolitan area was easily led and would normally call his father every day.