THE parents of Aaron Pajich whose body was found under a “newly laid concrete” grave in Perth’s southern suburbs have paid tribute to their son describing him as a “loving boy” who had a gentle soul.
The heartbreaking words from Aaron’s parents, Keith Sweetman and Sharon Pajich, come after two women were charged with the 18-year-old’s murder.
The women, aged 42 and 25, are due to face Perth Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Major Crime Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Gorton told media one of the women charged with Aaron Pajich’s murder had attended the same educational facility as the teen. Picture: Kate Campbell.
The body of the Warnbro teenager, who had Asperger’s syndrome, was found buried in a concrete grave at the rear of a residence in Broughton Way in Orelia on Tuesday.
Police investigating Aaron’s murder today revealed he may have known at least one of the accused women.
Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Gorton, of Major Crime, told media on Wednesday that one of the women charged studied at the same educational facility in Kwinana as the 18-year-old.
He also said Major Crime detectives, who joined the investigation on Sunday, searched an Orelia home on Monday night and discovered a “newly laid concrete pad”.
The concrete slab was removed and Aaron’s body was found buried in a “shallow grave”, he added.
The two charged women live at the address.
Det Sen-Sgt Gorton declined to answer any questions at Thursday’s press conference, including what the motive may have been.
While details surrounding the exact circumstances of Aaron’s death are yet known, Seven News reported the teen was lured to the house and was killed within hours.
Before the police conference, Sharon Pajich told PerthNow Aaron was a “loving boy” and a gentle soul.
“He was a very good boy and he would never have hurt anyone,” she said. “He respected life and everything else . . . he enjoyed school.”
She said he would be missed “very deeply” and wanted it known she had “always loved him”.
Aaron’s father Keith Sweetman said he and Aaron’s stepmother Veronica Desmond were shocked and shattered, describing the teenager as a “lovely child and great boy”.
“(He was) always helping us, would always come and see us, would always be there to help us when we needed help,” he said.
Mr Sweetman said his son was “very trusting”.
“Because he loved people, his heart was not bad, he didn’t smoke, he didn’t drink, he went to church. He gave himself to the Lord and then someone goes and takes him.”
Mr Sweetman said police broke the news to him on Tuesday night and he had the awful task of identifying his son’s body on Wednesday.
“It’s extremely sad. I just couldn’t believe it,” he said.
Earlier, a friend of the Pajich family who arrived at the house where Aaron’s body was found said the family was in shock over the tragic development.
“They are in shock and absolute disbelief,” the young woman, who did not want to be named, said.
The woman said plans were already under way to set up a gofundme page to help the 18-year-old’s family.
Forensic police and detectives at the Orelia property where teenager Aaron Pajich’s body was found. Two women have been charged with murder. Picture: Stewart Allen
Following news of Aaron’s death, tributes have been pouring in on social media.
Aaron Pajich. Picture: Facebook.
A former classmate of the teen wrote on Facebook: “R.I.P little one can’t believe this happened, I remember back last year at school when I used to come to you and ask you to hang when (you) had no one to hang with.”
“Your such a sweet, loving and carrying boy that goes out and help others in class. Taken to Soon!! Will be Miss.”
Another friend posted a touching tribute on Facebook, saying Aaron did not deserve such an end. “I’m almost crying. RIP Aaron you didn’t deserve this. You didn’t deserve a life of being bullied just to end up dead in some … back yard. You were a sweet boy, who was so innocent. You’re an angel now enjoy your life of peace.”
A Gofundme page has also been set up to help Aaron’s family with funeral costs.
“An innocence taken advantage of and forever taken from this world. Please support the Sweetman/Pajich families in helping with the funeral to lessen some of the stress at this horrible time,” the page reads.
WA Police carry out their investigation of the murder scene at the Orelia house where Aaron Pajich was found. Picture: Stewart Allen.
A woman who donated posted a message that she had the “honour” of being Aaron’s maths teacher when he was in year six at Kwinana Christian School.
“He always had a smile and a genuine heart to welcome you into his world,” she said.
“As a mother of a son with autism myself, I cannot imagine what sorrow his family are going through. I am so very sorry Aaron that your innocence was taken too early. Much love to his family.”
Mr Sweetman said he and Aaron’s stepmother, who are both pensioners, were also concerned about the financial cost of laying Aaron to rest. He said any help – even well wishes – would be gratefully received. “We’re just going to try to do everything we can to pay for any service because neither of us can work, we’re both on the pension,” he said.
“It’s so sad; we’re worried we cannot pay for his funeral.”
To donate, visit the page here.
Police and media at the Orelia property where teenager Aaron Pajich’s body was found. Two women have been charged with murder. Picture: Stewart Allen.
Before Aaron’s body was found, the last confirmed sighting of the 18-year-old was around 10am on Monday, June 13, at a Rockingham City Shopping Centre taxi rank, where he was due to meet a women and a man known only as “Daniel”.
Aaron’s stepmother Veronica Desmond told media on Tuesday that the family was worried “something has happened” to Aaron or “someone has harmed him”.
“Or that it’s too late completely and even worse has happened,” she told Ten News Perth.
Ms Desmond said Aaron, known to frequent the Kwinana Town Centre and gaming stores around the metropolitan area was easily led and would normally call his father every day.