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Balin Stewart’s father, Michael Stewart details the night their boy was stabbed in the Sunshine Coast

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The father of a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death has spoken of his family’s trauma and their mission to make sure no parent loses their child the same way.

Balin Stewart, 16, was fatally stabbed just before midnight on January 20, 2022, outside his home in Buddina, on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

His father Michael told Daily Mail Australia that if teenagers and parents were more aware of knife crime, ‘I have a feeling we would still have our son’.

Balin Stewart’s family is campaigning to end knife culture. Balin Stewart (center) pictured with mother Kerri-Lyn Stewart (left) and father Michael Stewart (right)

It started out as an ordinary evening for the Stewart family. Balin went to a party and came home early and then sat with Mr. Stewart watching a few YouTube videos before his father went to bed.

A short time later, Mr Stewart and his partner Kerri-Lyn were alerted to a malfunction and went outside to find their son unconscious on the grass with a trickle of blood emanating from a wound in his chest.

“Even after seeing the wound I wasn’t too concerned, all that stays with me was that there was just a tiny trickle of blood, he wasn’t screaming, it was just a surreal situation,” said Mr Stewart.

“At that point his breathing was very erratic but he was breathing and had a weak pulse but seconds later he took three long breaths and that was it.

“I started CPR and when the first police car showed up I thought everything was going to be okay and when the ambulance came I thought, oh, it’s all going to be okay now, but unfortunately it wasn’t.”

Mr Stewart said he and his wife went in when the ambulance arrived to change clothes and get ready to go to hospital, assuming their son would be okay, but then police walked to the home to tell them that their son had died.

Balin Stewart, 16, suffered a stab wound that was 'unsurvivable' in Buddina on Queensland's Sunshine Coast last night, police say.

Balin Stewart, 16, suffered a stab wound that was ‘unsurvivable’ in Buddina on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast last night, police say.

“Nothing ever prepares you to hear the words that your son is gone and that time has simply stood still from then on,” said Mr. Stewart.

“It took a long time to process what happened and I was really in a state of shock of how could this happen? He was such a social guy, never in trouble, never in a fight and unfortunately this was his first real fight ever and he’s gone.”

Mr Stewart now says his family is out to educate the community about the mesepidemic.

“We don’t want harsher penalties, we just want everyone, especially young people who carry knives, to understand how dangerous it is to have a knife for any reason,” he said.

“Our whole mission and purpose is education, much the same as the campaign that was waged about the ‘king hit’ where it was turned into a coward.

“We want to make teens and their peers look down on carrying a knife and make it uncool.

“If that was the case before, I think we’d still have our son.”

The family has the #BinTheBladeForBalin campaign and the Balin Stewart Foundation in the hope that the devastation they experience can be avoided by other families.

Mr Stewart said if knife crime were to be tackled 'I feel like we still have our son'.

Mr Stewart said if knife crime were to be tackled ‘I feel like we still have our son’.

Mr Stewart said their son had lost his life to a regular steak knife in the kitchen and police told him steak knives are the most common knife carried by teenagers as it is the most accessible.

He said he wants parents to have open and honest conversations with their children and do a self-check on how many knives they have.

“Talk to your child about knife crime, not in a judgmental way, but in an open, honest and investigative way,” he said.

In particular, Mr Stewart said he wants the teens to know that it will not only ruin the life of the family of the child who dies, but also their lives and that of their parents.

“Don’t ruin your life by carrying a knife, it’s that simple. If you hurt someone with a knife, you ruin the lives of a lot of people,” he said.

“Think of your parents, your brother, your sister, your friends, they have to live with everyone who looks down on their family and the pain it brings to those who love you most.

The Balin Steward Foundation and #BinTheBladeForBalin were established in memory of Balin's goals of educating people about the dangers of knife carrying and knife crime in general

The Balin Steward Foundation and #BinTheBladeForBalin were established in memory of Balin’s goals of educating people about the dangers of knife carrying and knife crime in general

“If you don’t care about anyone else, think about how your actions affect your family. If the tide turned, it would be just as damaging to my family if it were our son who had taken a life.’

Mr Stewart said the part that gives his family some peace of mind is learning about the impact Balin had on his friends and the wider community.

“Balin was the kid who was incredibly popular and loved by everyone. What made us so proud is that so many kids came up to us and said you know Balin made me feel like I was his best friend,” he said.

“We had awkward kids who came up to us and said he was the only one who wanted to talk to them, the cool kids loved him, he took care of everyone and that’s what makes us so proud to be his parents and tell all these stories.” to belong.

“We just want as many people as possible to be aware of knife crime. We were shocked and never imagined that our son would have known someone who would carry a knife, let alone lose his life to it.”

Emergency services were called to a home in Iluka Avenue, Buddina (pictured) around 11:20 p.m. Thursday evening to find a 16-year-old boy with a life-threatening wound.  The boy died on the spot and a 17-year-old boy has now been charged with murder

Emergency services were called to a home in Iluka Avenue, Buddina (pictured) around 11:20 p.m. Thursday evening to find a 16-year-old boy with a life-threatening wound. The boy died on the spot and a 17-year-old boy has now been charged with murder

Family friend Ashah Brown told reporters at the scene that a dispute over an ex-girlfriend may have been the cause of the spat.

‘I’ve known him for years, he’s such a nice guy. He was so nice and everyone loved him and there was no reason not to like him,” Brown said.

“He was just such a good person.”

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