source: Green Left Weekly
published: 14 June 2014
Over 100 people rallied in Sydney on the anniversary of Eddie Murray’s death in police custody in a northwestern New South Wales town of Wee Waa 33 years ago.
Murray’s murder was one of the black deaths in custody that led to the historic Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
Murray died while in police custody in 1981 – inside Wee Waa police cells. Murray, a happy, bright young man with a long rugby career in front of him, was last seen opposite the Imperial Hotel in Wee Waa. The police rang the family the following day and told them he had committed suicide in a police cell using a blanket.
The rally was organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association (ISJA). It was chaired by ISJA spokesperson Ray Jackson and addressed by Murray’s sister, Anna Murray, Murri activist Sam Watson, Greens MP Lee Rhiannon, former ABC journalist Jeff McMullen and author Simon Luckhurst.
Anna Murray said: “I remember seeing Eddie Murray on 12th June 1981, I will never forget him”.