A school has paid tribute to a former student and popular
Nelson teen who died after falling through the roof of a
cathedral in Wellington.
Emergency services were called to Wellington Cathedral of St
Paul at 11.30pm on Friday.
They found 18-year-old Finn O'Neill-Stevens had fallen 10 to
12 metres through the roof, sustaining "very serious,
multiple trauma injuries," Wellington Free Ambulance
spokesman Daniel Paul said.
He was taken to Wellington Hospital where he was put on life
support, but died yesterday.
A representative from the cathedral said there were two boys
on the roof when the incident happened, both students from
Victoria University's halls of residence.
Though the teen was not known to members of the cathedral, a
representative said everyone involved has been affected.
She said they were not concerned with the damage to the
"We're more concerned about the damage to the boy's family,"
Nelson College head Gary O'Shea said the loss of his former
student was "a principal's worst nightmare".
"It's a very tragic loss," he said. "They're all precious but
he was a particularly popular young man pretty much liked by
Mr O'Shea said he had not yet spoken to O'Neill-Stevens'
parents but confirmed they had played an active role in his
"[Nelson] is a small community. He played hockey and his mum
was the physio," he said.
"It's that type of small provincial city . . . students and
members of staff are part of that family."
Nelson College observed a minute's silence this morning in
memory of O'Neill-Stevens.
Victoria University Hockey Club captain Matt Wilson said he
was saddened to hear of the death of the former club member.