Jaydan Doorley funeral: Outrage over burnout of mock mourners for their partner in Bundaberg, Queensland
Hundreds of larrikin mourners have sparked community outrage as they said goodbye to a partner on a Queensland road with a wild ‘tribute’ to burnout.
When Jaydan Doorley was buried at Branyan Gardens Crematorium in Bundaberg last Friday, 200 of his friends took over the Cummins Road outside service.
Mr Doorley, 21, died when his motorcycle collided with a car near Kepnock on October 12.
Footage from the tribute in his memory shows several cars skidding in the middle of the road as the air fills with thick clouds of putrid smoke.
Screams and shouts can be heard, including a woman shouting “we love you Jaydan!” who intimidated some locals and blocked cars, including at least one irate parent.
Jaydan Doorley’s partner Star-Maree Dunn (pictured) defended the burnout tribute and said he would have ‘loved’ it
About 200 Larrikin mourners have said goodbye to a young Bundaberg man who died in a motorcycle accident on October 12, with a burnout tribute
Mrs Dunn tried to convince Jaydan Doorley (pictured) not to ride his motorbike, but he told her if he had to die he should ‘do something I love’.
The transmission took place via Cummins Road and prevented the irate mother from going to nearby Avoca State School to pick up her child.
The celebrant of Jaydan’s funeral, Michael Brown, tried unsuccessfully to break up the gathering by driving the empty hearse through the crowd, but “lost his cool” when a boy shouted, “light up grandpa.”
“I’ve never experienced anything like this in my life,” Mr. Brown told the newspaper Courier mailwhere the atmosphere is compared to a ‘riot’.
‘I had hoped that this would discourage them, because they had a hearse in their midst.
A representative of Browns Funeral, Amanda Brown, anticipated the burnout tribute and requested at the service that local police drive along Cummins Road to try to discourage mourners.
Police did not drive by, but later said that “illegal taunting behavior” would bring charges against those responsible.
Friends have since defended the wild tribute, saying there was no danger to anyone
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A city hoon was busted by police after he unknowingly caused a burnout behind an unmarked police car.
Footage shows the gray station wagon spinning its wheels as the traffic lights turn green at an intersection in Parafield, north Adelaide.
A driver’s car has been seized 28 days after he was caught causing a burnout by an unmarked police car in front of him (above)
Mr Doorley’s partner, Star-Maree Dunn, said the burnouts were a fitting tribute after an emotional day of saying goodbye to him.
“I understand the public’s views and concerns, but the post-funeral burnouts took place on a quiet back road in Jaydan’s honor and he would have absolutely loved it.”
She had tried to stop her boyfriend from riding his motorcycle, but he told her that if he had to die, it would be “doing something I love.”
Mr Doorley’s friend Brittany Rose Campbell also defended the tribute on social media.
She argued that “no one was in danger” from the burnouts and that the cars involved were not speeding.
Other friends said the skids were a normal way to say goodbye to car-loving friends.
While employed by Mr Doorley, Ms Dunn described him as ‘an adventurous, spontaneous’ man who craved an ‘adrenaline rush’.
Mr Doorley’s grandmother, Diana Doorley, paid tribute to him and remembered his love of surfing, swimming and fishing.
In another tribute to Mr Doorley, a woman commented on his ‘infectious smile and your love and zest for life’.
‘Taken way too young.’
Another friend wrote, “Calm down bro and ride high,” accompanying his tribute with a motorcycle emoji.
Queensland Police are reviewing footage of the burnout tribute.
Funeral celebrant of 30 years Michael Brown tried to interrupt the gathering by driving the empty hearse through the crowd, but a boy shouted at him: ‘light it up, grandpa’