Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Double Suicide Rocks CQ Town; Blackwater in State of Shock as Best Friends Take Their Lives

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Double Suicide Rocks CQ Town; Blackwater in State of Shock as Best Friends Take Their Lives

Article excerpt

Matty

Holdsworth

matty.holdsworth@capnews.com.au

THE black dog does not discriminate. And the mongrel's bite is worse than its bark.

Depression has turned the Central Queensland mining town of Blackwater on its head after a double suicide of two friends across a 36-day period.

Jordan Brotchie was just 21, his best friend Dan Capewell, understood to be overwhelmed with grief, turned 22 only last week.

The latter leaves behind a two-week-old daughter.

The awful tragedy has left a whole community in a state of shock and tributes have flown for the pair on social media.

A younger friend of Dan's, Mitchell Conlan, is one keeping a level head just days after the passing of a man he "really looked up to".

"Dan was awesome. He was always a bit shy and awkward but funny. Him, Jordan and Mason McDonald, they called them the three amigos. They were inseparable and everyone loved them, we all did," he said.

"I always saw Dan with a smile on his face and happy. A widely loved community member, a brother to his family and friends and dear to everyone who knew him.

"But everything went downhill after Jordan, it was only 36 days after."

It was a during a random driving lesson where the grim reality of how far the tragedy reached hit Mitchell.

Blackwater is a town where everyone knows everyone. "Fundamentally we have been hit," the teen said about the current state of his home town.

"My driving instructor was broken up, and I didn't even know he knew them.

"The day I found out... it was very surreal to know he isn't here. And shattering.

"The whole town has been rocked. It is one of those situations where it affects everyone heavily. We just try and keep a good heart about it."

Mitchell, while still a youth, fears there isn't enough help in the town.

"I believe we live in a society where we know people want to talk openly but we don't actually allow them these avenues," he candidly told The Morning Bulletin.

"We build up walls and hide behind them. …

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