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Inside the life of ‘party boy’ crane driver, 26, who was ‘murdered by his jealous mate’

A man who was allegedly stabbed to death by his jealous friend after an argument over a woman was known for his party antics, and was photographed on nights out with John Ibrahim, stars from the Bachelor and inside Thai strip clubs.

Jordan Byrne, 26, was rushed to hospital after allegedly being stabbed by Milo Manu Felix Wild – a man known to him – at a friend’s apartment in Sydney’s east about 12.30am on Sunday.

Mr Byrne was rushed by ambulance to hospital but died during surgery. 

Photos from Mr Byrne’s social media accounts show him taking frequent trips to Thailand for tattoos and partying with stars from the 2016 season of the Bachelor.

Mr Byrne was also photographed alongside Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim.

 

Photos from Mr Byrne’s social media accounts show him partying with stars from the 2016 season of the Bachelor

Mr Byrne was also photographed alongside Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim

Mr Byrne was also photographed alongside Kings Cross identity John Ibrahim

The heavily-tattooed crane driver grew up playing rugby league on the New South Wales Central Coast before moving to Bondi in Sydney's eastern suburbs six years ago

The heavily-tattooed crane driver grew up playing rugby league on the New South Wales Central Coast before moving to Bondi in Sydney’s eastern suburbs six years ago

The heavily-tattooed crane driver grew up playing rugby league on the New South Wales Central Coast before moving to Bondi in Sydney’s eastern suburbs six years ago.

In a statement, Mr Byrne’s family said his death had ‘shattered our family beyond belief’, the Daily Telegraph reported.

‘Jordan loved life, was a constant source of laughter, such a loveable character,’ the statement said.

His heartbroken father Colum Byrne said he knew something terrible had happened when the phone rang early and it was the police. 

‘Me and Deborah (his mother) just got that horrible phone call at 5am in the morning, the one that no parent should ever get,’ Mr Byrne’s father told Daily Mail Australia.

‘They just said he’d been attacked in Sydney and that he’d had surgery but they couldn’t save him.’

Jordan Byrne (pictured) was allegedly stabbed to death in an apartment in Bondi in the early hours of Sunday morning

Jordan Byrne (pictured) was allegedly stabbed to death in an apartment in Bondi in the early hours of Sunday morning

'He was our absolute pride and joy': Colum Byrne (right) relived the moment he and his wife Deborah  (left) got a phone call at 5am telling them that their son Jordan (centre) had died

‘He was our absolute pride and joy’: Colum Byrne (right) relived the moment he and his wife Deborah  (left) got a phone call at 5am telling them that their son Jordan (centre) had died

In a statement, Mr Byrne's family said his death had 'shattered our family beyond belief'

In a statement, Mr Byrne’s family said his death had ‘shattered our family beyond belief’

Mr Byrne’s alleged murderer Milo Manu Felix Wild, 27, faced Waverley Local Court on Monday morning where he was refused bail. 

Police reportedly believe Mr Byrne was murdered by Wild after a dispute over a girl who they had both dated. 

But the murdered man’s father said he had been told by police his son was a victim and had in no way sparked the dispute, with officers calling it a ‘senseless murder’.

Mr Byrne’s father said after school his son had left his hometown on the NSW Central Coast and moved to Sydney, chasing his dream of becoming a crane driver.

In a few short years he established a successful career working on construction sites across the city and saved up enough to purchase three investment properties.

One of four children, Mr Byrne’s father said his son was living his dream right next to the beach – but never forgot his family or where he came from. 

Milo Manu Felix Wild (pictured), 27, has been charged with the stabbing murder of Mr Byrne

Milo Manu Felix Wild (pictured), 27, has been charged with the stabbing murder of Mr Byrne

'He was a kind loving kid who everyone loved,' Colum Byrne said of his son Jordan (pictured at Bondi Beach with his mother Deborah)

‘He was a kind loving kid who everyone loved,’ Colum Byrne said of his son Jordan (pictured at Bondi Beach with his mother Deborah)

‘He was a kind loving kid who everyone loved. Everybody knew Jordan, he was truly the funniest kid you’ll ever come across,’ Colum Byrne said.

‘He was a normal kid in his 20s, but he’d just accomplished so much. He was making plenty of money, he had apartments in Merrylands, Hillsdale and Bondi – he was our absolute pride and joy.

‘He would come up and see us and tell us how good of parents we were – he never forgot us or his siblings. 

‘He was only 26 and he was on fire in life and I would just really like to share that with people.’

The two men had both dated the same woman, but detectives are trying determine exactly what sparked the fight. Pictured: paramedics rushing Byrne to hospital

The two men had both dated the same woman, but detectives are trying determine exactly what sparked the fight. Pictured: paramedics rushing Byrne to hospital

'Everybody knew Jordan, he was truly the funniest kid you'll ever come across,' Colum Byrne said

‘Everybody knew Jordan, he was truly the funniest kid you’ll ever come across,’ Colum Byrne said

Neighbours in the apartment complex reportedly heard the two men arguing loudly and told The Daily Telegraph they expected police to be called immediately.

‘I heard someone in the block yell out ‘shut up’ but the argument kept going,’ a man said.

Investigations into the alleged murder are continuing, with police reportedly set to re-interview the two women in the apartment at the time.

 

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