Coffs Harbour stabbing: Man charged over alleged murder of surfer Kye Schaefer

Max Corstorphan
The Nightly
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Kye Schaefer was stabbed to death as he prepared to go surfing in Coffs Harbour. (Supplied by Nsw Police/AAP PHOTOS)
Kye Schaefer was stabbed to death as he prepared to go surfing in Coffs Harbour. (Supplied by Nsw Police/AAP PHOTOS) Credit: AAP

Homicide squad detectives have charged a 36-year-old man with the alleged murder of surfer Kye Schaefer.

Mr Schaefer was stabbed multiple times in a car park at Coffs Harbour after a morning surf surfing at a nearby beach on May 2.

The young man was rushed to hospital but later died from stab wounds in his chest and neck.

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Homicide police described the attack as random, unprovoked and savage.

Coffs-Clarence Police District and the State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad have been investigating since the incident.

After extensive inquiries, detectives apprehended a 36-year-old man at a Coffs Harbour correctional facility on Tuesday.

“The man was subsequently charged with murder at the Coffs Harbour Police Station,” a police spokesperson confirmed.

“He has been refused bail and is scheduled to appear before Coffs Harbour Local Court today.”

Mr Schaefer’s father, Tony, had previously pleaded for whoever was responsible for the stabbing to come forward.

“Just be honest and own up to your mistakes in life ... everyone makes them,” he said in a statement.

Mother Pam said the family had been left heartbroken since their son’s death as she paid tribute to the local community for helping them through the tough period.

“No words can describe how we’re feeling, the sheer loss of our faith in humanity,” she said.

“The love and support of our family and friends have been absolutely phenomenal, that’s what’s kept us out of this black hole.”

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