Dead man had ‘heart of gold’

Northern Outlook - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - SAM SHER­WOOD

A man whose body was found in the Waimakariri riverbed was a ‘‘big teddy bear with tough stick­ers’’, a friend says.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Greg Mur­ton said the man, whose death is be­ing treated as a homi­cide by po­lice, was Bradley Alan Lo­max.

Lo­max, 24, was a mem­ber of the Rebels Mo­tor­cy­cle Club and fa­ther of one. There is a sug­ges­tion he re­cently left the gang.

Lo­max’s body was found by a group out four-wheel-driv­ing shortly be­fore 10pm on Mon­day.

A day be­fore, a mes­sage ap­peared on his Face­book page say­ing ‘‘Peace out peo­ple. The brad shows over (sic)’’.

When asked what the post meant, his ac­count replied ‘‘Ima lay some bodys in the ground an make sure I make it count (sic)’’.

Po­lice launched a homi­cide in­quiry after Lo­max’s body was found near Harrs Rd, not far from where school­girl Marie Davis’ body was dumped in the river nine years ago..

Lo­max’s Face­book page showed he had many tat­toos, in­clud­ing one on his chest in­di­cat­ing he had been in the South City chap­ter of the gang.

His friend of more than 10 years, Stacey Har­vey, said ‘‘be­ing a loving friend and a loving fa­ther de­fined him, not be­ing a Rebel’’.

Har­vey last saw Lo­max on Sun­day evening when he vis­ited her for his monthly hair­cut.

She said he was ‘‘his fine, happy, chirpy self’’ and told her he had just left the gang.

The last 24 hours had been like a night­mare, she said.

‘‘He was a big teddy bear with tough stick­ers. He would have done any­thing for any­one.

‘‘He called me his sis­ter and I called him my brother. He comes over, show­ers, eats, just like nor­mal rel­a­tives do.’’

An­other friend, Ni­cole Mul­vaney, said Lo­max had a young son, whom he loved dearly. ‘‘His son was his ev­ery­thing.’’ He was a re­ally nice, happy per­son and his mates were strug­gling to come to terms with his death, she said.

‘‘He was a funny guy who could put a smile on any­one’s face … If you needed help he would be there.’’

An­other friend, who did not want to be named, said Lo­max had an ‘‘ab­so­lute heart of gold’’.

Mur­ton said of­fi­cers had not yet es­tab­lished how Lo­max ended up on the riverbed.

He would not com­ment on the in­juries Lo­max suf­fered or where he might have been killed.

DAVID WALKER/STUFF

Po­lice have closed Harrs Rd near where a body was found in the Waimakariri River.

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