Mum’s memorial burnout for dead sons
The mother of teenage siblings killed in a crash after they fled police in Christchurch in a stolen car has paid tribute to them by performing a burnout in their honour.
Glen and Craig McAllister died after the car hit police spikes, crashed into a tree and went up in a "huge ball of fire" on January 13.
Craig was 13 and Glen had turned 16 two days earlier. Brooklyn Taylor, 13, was also killed.
Last week, The New Zealand Herald revealed that the young brothers were the nephews of Glen McAllister, a skinhead who went on a murder-suicide rampage in Cathedral Square, Christchurch, in 1989.
The boys' father, Craig McAllister, is the brother of Glen.
He spoke to The Herald about his sons' death, asking people not to judge them for their - or their father and uncle's - actions.
Yesterday Ms Hickey posted a video of her doing the burnout on Facebook.
"Mum did this for you two," she wrote alongside the video.
"The average chicky don't burnout like that haha bet u boys loved it."
She then posted a photograph of the tyre skid marks left on the road in her wake.
Today she responded to reaction about the video.
"Oh I'm such a terrible mum," she wrote, posting emojis of a laughing face.
"Might not be other people's way of honouring their loved ones, however it was our way.
"There is no right or wrong in how we grieve or celebrate a loss of loved ones so all the judgmental people, walk in my shoes before you act perfect.
"I'm as solid as they come. My boys, it would have been your style so meh to the haters."
Ms Hickey had earlier publicly lambasted her sons' father for speaking to The Herald.
"Good one; way to paint a bad bad picture of my boys," she posted.
"They weren't criminals, they weren't rotten apples. They were loving, caring, charming beautiful boys with hearts of gold.
"They loved their momma and took pride in trying to look after me.
"My boys were exceptional young men who in a split second made a poor decision. They may have made a silly decision however that does not make them bad people.
"If anyone would like to debate this, come see me. I could do with a stress release."
Craig McAllister had earlier echoed Ms Hickey's comments about the teenager being "good boys".
He conceded they had been involved in police pursuits and had stolen cars in the past but said they were "just boys doing what boys do".
"They were just kids," he said.
"I knew as soon as this happened what was going to happen with me, with my name … that my brother was going to get brought into it.
"It's not relevant - the police killed my kids … it's not about me."
The next day Mr McAllister posted a photograph of himself wearing a hat with his sons' names embossed, along with the letters RIP and FTP - which stands for f**k the police.
He claimed police were responsible for the death of his children.
It is understood the bodies of the three teens were returned to their families late last week.
The McAllister brothers were farewelled at a tangi (Maori funeral rite) after lying at their home for several days.
Friends and family were invited to say their goodbyes - by invitation only - and write messages on their coffins.
Police are still investigating the fatal crash.
This article originally appeared on the New Zealand Herald and has been republished here with permission.