Nicholas Braid has been remembered as loyal and protective of his family
A law graduate who was allegedly stabbed to death has been remembered as brave and fiercely protective of his family.
Nicholas Braid, 35, died on Tuesday night after he allegedly became involved in an argument with a group of people outside the Beachcomber Resort in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast.
He was allegedly stabbed in the torso and collapsed on the footpath before he died later in hospital.
His accused killer, Freedom Mona Maunsell Anderson, 20, stuck her finger up at cameras and banged on the police car window as she was driven to Southport Watchhouse on Wednesday night following her arrest.
She was later charged with murder and remains behind bars.
Mr Braid’s heartbroken family described his death as a senseless act.
Abigail Braid broke her silence to pay a heartbreaking tribute to her late brother Nicholas
Abigail Braid described her ‘wonderful and amazing’ older brother as brave and fiercely protective of his family.
He was also charming, intelligent and much loved.
‘He adored my parents and was so good to them,’ Ms Baird told Seven News.
‘We love him so, so much. We will adore and cherish his memory forever. It’s just a senseless tragedy all round.’
She thanked everyone on the family’s behalf for their overwhelming support.
‘I would like to, on behalf of all my family, really thank the members of the public who tended to Nick and paramedics for their valiant attempts to save his life,’ Ms Braid said as she fought back tears.
‘We’ve received so many beautiful messages from people sharing their wonderful and sometimes hilarious memories of Nick.
‘We’ve really felt the support from everyone.’
Freedom Mona Maunsell Anderson, 20, (pictured) after she was arrested on Wednesday over Mr Braid’s death. She remains behind bars
Mr Braid, a former student of prestigious The Southport School, worked as an industrial relations advisor and also with the Queensland government after he graduated with law and international relations degrees.
Freedom Mona Maunsell Anderson, 20, (pictured) was charged with the murder of Nicholas Braid
He had been released on bail last week after several months in prison for a spate of thefts at fuel stations.
‘Despite his struggles, he never stopped caring for them and always had compassion for the underdog,’ his mother Michelle Braid told The Courier-Mail.
‘His loyalty and generosity knew no bounds. He was known for his formidable intelligence and passionate eloquence. We are devastated.’
Friend Isabelle Marlor said she will cherish the ‘happy’ final moments she had with one of the kindest, sweetest guys she’s have ever met on Monday night.
Mr Braid had been temporarily staying at her place before he died.
‘It was nice to see him and I am glad I got to spend the time I did with him. The people that were around him at the time were stoked they got to spend the little time they did,’ Ms Marlor, 21, told the Gold Coast Bulletin.
She first met Mr Braid eight years ago.
‘I was 13 years old hanging out with people more than double my age, constantly putting myself in unsafe situations. Very few people cared about what happened to me back then. Even now at 21 years of age, few people care about me. But he was one of them,’ Ms Marlor said.
Mr Braid was found on the streets outside the apartment block on Tuesday night
Mr Braid was found on the pavement outside the Surfers Paradise apartment block
It is believed Anderson and Mr Braid were loosely known to each other, and that she allegedly fled the scene on foot as the group scattered following the altercation.
Following a police search, she was arrested and charged with murder on Wednesday night.
Anderson did not appear when the matter was briefly mentioned in Southport Magistrates Court on Thursday.
The matter was adjourned for a committal mention on June 23 to allow detectives to continue their investigations.
Anderson remains behind bars.
Freedom Mona Maunsell Anderson, 20, glared and lashed out at the cameras as she was driven to Southport Watchhouse on Wednesday night following her arrest
‘Obviously it’s a very serious crime but this matter needs to be resolved,’ Anderson’s lawyer Michael Gatenby told Seven News.
‘We’ll give consideration to bringing an application for bail.’
Detectives continue to investigate whether smashed windows or if a ‘wilful damage’ incident could have led to Mr Braid’s death.
The weapon has not been located although it appeared to be an ‘edged weapon, like a knife or something similar’, police said.
The 35-year-old (pictured) was described as ‘loyal, generous and smart’ by his family