Another cross for her to bear
By CRAIG McTEAR
YOU'VE got to wonder just how much more Donnalee Ball can bear.
On May 11, her son Jonathon McKenzie, 18, died on Hogbin Drive, with detectives still no closer to knowing why he was lying in the middle of the road just before a car hit him.
A week after Jono's death, Donnalee and her family erected a cross in his memory by the side of the road.
On Monday, they replaced it for a second time ? the first occasion was Jono's 19th birthday ? in the wake of its desecration by uncaring, unknown individuals.
"Who would do this, and why?" Donnalee said.
"This cross, here at the place where Jonathon's life ended, represents all my memories of him, as well as the memories of all those who knew and loved him.
"Please leave it alone, let us have our memories in peace."
The culprits have snapped the cross off at the base twice and also attacked flowers and rocks at the memorial.
Donnalee can't help but think someone is trying to send her a nasty message through the acts of destruction, which she has reported to the police.
Her brother, Garry Homes, made the cross and he's repaired it after each heartbreaking incident.
That's how determined the family is to honour Jono's memory.
Donnalee spends a lot of time at the memorial. Sometimes, she'll sit there for hours.
"Different times I sit here, people pull up to comfort me and share with me.
"I've become really good friends with a woman who stopped one day, and she told me she had lost her son in a car accident eight years ago," she said.
"She is sharing my pain.
"I still don't know how Jonathan came to be lying on the road. It's still not making any sense."