Former local beaten to death
FORMER Port Douglas resident Tauri Litchfield has been killed after reportedly coming to the aid of a young woman being attacked in Western Australia.
Police are investigating the death of Mr Litchfield in Mandurah on Sunday night after he was found in a car park with severe head injuries and died a short time later.
A 17-year-old girl was also found beaten just metres away from Mr Litchfield’s body but police say the two incidents are linked only by proximity at the moment, despite reports that Mr Litchfield went to the teenager’s aid but was bludgeoned to death when he tried to intervene.
Mr Litchfield’s sister Kirra choked back tears as she pleaded for answers about her brother’s death.
‘‘He was so loving and loved by so many people,’’ she said.
‘‘The people who have come forward and supported us, and the people who loved him, it’s just been so overwhelming.
‘‘It’s a fog and the only way we’re going to get through the fog is if we find out what happened that night.’’
It is understood Mr Litchfield was with friends and his partner Lisa at a hotel before the attack.
Lisa left the pub to go to a friend’s house and Mr Litchfield later began walking home.
Locals who knew Tauri have expressed sorrow at his senseless death.
Hortulus owner John Sullivan said it was a tragedy.
‘‘Tauri was an energetic and likeable young man, always keen to be an extra pair of hands on a job if we were short,’’ Mr Sullivan said.
‘‘ I think it was truly in his nature to help out others and I know there will be a lot of people around Port who would have known him and who will miss him.’’
Police investigations are continuing
Senseless: forensic police at the scene of Tauri Litchfield’s suspicious death