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Blackwater residents light candles in driveways in tribute to virus victim

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Annette Boase, who organised Thursday’s candlelight vigil and the GoFundMe campaign, posted in the Just Ask Blackwater Facebook group that residents should light up their driveways at 6pm.

“Let’s get behind the family that have lost a loved one so young,” she posted on Thursday morning.

“Let’s all light a candle and go to the end of our driveways tonight to show them that Blackwater is behind them, and show them our respect at this hard time #lightourdriveway.”

The post attracted an impressive response within a matter of hours, with a stream of images posted in the closed Facebook group showing glowing driveways.

“Lit [up] both sides of my driveway and the fire for Nathan. May he RIP and may [his] family grieve in peace,” Leisa Marie Koch commented on social media.

There were pledges from those in Apple Tree Creek, almost 400 kilometres south-east of Blackwater, and Mount Morgan, 150 kilometres east of Blackwater, to light up their driveways for Mr Turner.

Nathan Turner (left) is dead and Simone Devon (right) remains in quarantine with her family.

Nathan Turner (left) is dead and Simone Devon (right) remains in quarantine with her family.Credit:Annette Boase – GoFundMe

“He was a really nice guy, he will be sadly missed by a lot of people,” Mr Turner’s friend Razz Liehm told Nine News.

“He finally found the girl that he loved, got his own house and just settled down with Simone, he seemed pretty happy, so it’s just a really sad thing that’s happened.”

Following on from Mr Turner’s death, 31 people were tested for COVID-19 in Blackwater on Wednesday, all of whom were negative.

By Thursday, 20 people were identified as close contacts of Mr Turner and 18 of those returned negative tests. Two were outstanding, believed to be people who live in another part of Queensland.

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