Raymond Harris’ parents have recalled their last conversation with the young man weeks ago, before he was “hunted down” by a group of men in Surfers Paradise.
Raymond Harris’ parents have recalled their last conversation with the young man weeks ago, before he was “hunted down” by a group of men in Surfers Paradise.

Stab victim’s last words to parents before he died

A group of men armed with Rambo knives stormed the heart of Surfers Paradise and stabbed a young father to death before bashing his friends at a nearby hotel gaming room, detectives will allege.

Raymond Harris, 27, died after he suffered a stab wound to the torso during an altercation on the busy Cavill Ave corner with party strip Orchid Ave about 9pm on Wednesday.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police would allege the men travelled to Surfers Paradise armed to "hunt down" Harris and his friends.

Gold Coast stabbing victim Raymond Harris. Photo: Supplied
Gold Coast stabbing victim Raymond Harris. Photo: Supplied

After the stabbing the group stormed the Surfers Beer Garden where they assaulted friends of Mr Harris in the gaming room, Supt Smith claimed.

"They've clearly gone into Cavill Ave to hunt down the victim and his friends and have the confrontation," he alleged.

"It just shows their mindset that they've just basically stabbed and killed someone in the street and they've kept on ... going into a licensed premises to attack other people."

Jarod James Miller, 21, from Tinana and 18-year-old Jye Sebastian Webb-Italia from Pimpama were later both charged with one count of murder after Mr Harris' death and three counts of assault.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith during a media conference on the Gold Coast. Picture: Tertius Pickard
Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith during a media conference on the Gold Coast. Picture: Tertius Pickard

 

It came as Mr Harris' stepmother Katherine Harris revealed she and Mr Harris' father Wayne had last spoken to the young man just weeks ago, and their final words to him were, "I love you more."

"He told us he loved us both and we told him we loved him even more," she said.

"I can't believe he is gone."

Mrs Harris said her stepson worked as a concreter and was a devoted father-of-four, who longed to be with his children as often as possible.

"He said to us a few weeks ago he wanted to be a strong man and be there for his kids," she said.

She said Mr Harris appeared "sad" about his kids, and that she "hoped he passed with a peaceful mind".

Tragically, Thursday marked his eldest son's birthday.

Supt Smith said CCTV clearly captured the stabbing, and in the lead up to it, showed a group of men with at least two hunting knives.

In the wake of the incident the entertainment hub was lit up with emergency service lights, with small roads leading to Gold Coast Hwy and Ferry Ave blocked off by police cars, while numerous officers searched vehicles.

A venue bouncer told the Bulletin he had never seen so many cops running.

"Pretty much everyone in that Surfers police station ran off down the road, would have been 10 plus, 15 plus police," the bouncer said.

Supt Smith said the motive of the stabbing was unclear, but the two groups were believed to be known to each other.

The stabbing victim has been revealed as Raymond Harris. Photo: Supplied
The stabbing victim has been revealed as Raymond Harris. Photo: Supplied

Two people were arrested in a nearby carpark 30 minutes after the stabbing attack. Two more men were arrested on Thursday afternoon and speaking with police.

Miller requested to be brought into Southport Magistrates Court during a brief mention on Thursday, but did not say a word, and had no supporters in the public gallery.

He wore a loose white smock.

He spent the appearance staring at the ground.

Webb-Italia's lawyer Rodney Keyte, of TWC Lawyers, said outside of court his client was in "a world of shock right now".

Mr Keyte said the allegations put forward by police were "murky".

Both matters were adjourned until October 15.

It's the third stabbing death in Surfers Paradise in less than 12 months.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact Policelink on 131 444 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

Originally published as Stab victim's last words to parents before being 'hunted down'



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