Family of Kiwi hit by train in Melbourne want to bring him home

Jason Kahukiwa was struck by a commuter train about 11.45pm on Thursday. Photo / via GoFund/Me
Jason Kahukiwa was struck by a commuter train about 11.45pm on Thursday. Photo / via GoFund/Me

The family of a New Zealand man hit by a train last week in Melbourne have set up a fundraising page to bring his body home.

Two men were tragically killed on a train track in Melbourne on Thursday night - as father of two Callum Hall, 20, tried to rescue his friend, New Zealand born Jason Kahukiwa, 21.

The pair were struck by a commuter train about 11.45pm on Thursday.

The fundraising page set up by New Zealand-born Jason Kahukiwa's family. Photo / via GoFundMe
The fundraising page set up by New Zealand-born Jason Kahukiwa's family. Photo / via GoFundMe

According to The Age, the incident was described by police as a "definite tragedy", and they have ruled out any suspicious circumstances.

Kiwi family friends Aleisha Hancy has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to bring Mr Kahukiwa's body home to New Zealand.

"It is with a heavy heart that I announce the sudden passing of Jay Kahukiwa - our son, brother, moko, nephew, uncle and dearest friend," she wrote on the page.

"We are kindly asking for some help to take his body back to New Zealand for his final resting place.

"On behalf of Kylie Kahukiwa and her family, I would like to ask our friends and family to come together to help raise money to assist with this process. Any donation / koha helps."

The page has so far raised $3505 of its $15,000 goal.

The Daily Mail reported that the train was travelling within the 65km/h limit when it struck the pair.

Mr Hall was described by his sister Sophia as a hero, who loved Mr Kahukiwa like a brother, the Herald Sun reported.

"He has always been like that. He is really heroic, has a really good heart and we are just devastated because he didn't want to go: he had two kids and he was a really good dad.

"He did a wonderful thing for the best reasons, to help a friend."

- NZ Herald

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