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Stabbing death by the sea

A MURDERED Hope Island man, believed to be a Bandido associate, has become the Gold Coast's third stabbing victim in a week after a brutal attack at Broadbeach.

A 28-year-old man, named on social media sites last night as Max Waller, was discovered dead at the doorstop of a beachfront holiday apartment highrise, Carmel by the Sea about 5.40am yesterday.

The incident marks the second stabbing incident within a week after two men were knifed in Surfers Paradise last Monday.

Tributes and threats to his mystery attacker were posted on Facebook last night after friends learned of his death.

''RIP our brother Max we will find who did this,'' posted one friend.

''Holy (expletive) RIP  I'm totally devastated, I'm so sorry'' posted another.

Police believe the man stumbled from the street after being stabbed up to 15 times in the chest and died outside the front doors of the highrise about 5.15am.

His bloodied body was found by a friend who had been staying on the sixth floor of the building.

Horrified holidaymakers and residents woke to find their building cordoned off and many were confronted with the sheet-covered body when they tried to leave.

The latest attack coincides with the arrival of thousands of visitors to the city for the first weekend of the winter school holidays and major festivals.


Brisbane tourist Sarah Alexander had been on a girls' weekend getaway and said she was horrified but not surprised to discover police were hunting for a killer.

''A friend went to reception and saw the body lying there covered by a sheet and we just thought it was a typical Gold Coast thing to happen,'' she said.

''I didn't expect it to happen outside our building though.''

Many visitors headed to the first annual Broadbeach Country Music Festival, the beachfront markets and BikeFest stopped to stare as police cordoned off the adjacent beachfront parkland after the victim's iPhone was found lying on the grass near a children's playground.

An early morning tai chi group and dog walkers had to be moved on as SES volunteers and uniformed police combed the grass searching for more clues.

Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said the victim was known to police and detectives were examining CCTV footage from the highrise and the street and questioning the man's friends staying in the apartments.

''There are a large number of police involved.

''We've got our local Gold Coast detectives being supported by the Major and Organised Crime Squad and the Homicide squad, also a lot of uniformed and forensic police involved,'' he said.

''We don't know what the motive for this is at this point in time.

''At this early stage there is nothing we have to indicate any (outlaw motorcycle gang) involvement.''

Bond University criminologist Dr Terry Goldsworthy said the latest crime in a tourist area during school holiday period would only increase the city's reputation as Queensland's ''crime capital''.

''It will be crucial for the police to solve this quickly to dampen gowing fears about public safety,'' Mr Goldsworthy said.


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