Friends have left floral and written tributes to Liam Anderson, son of Rose Tattoo rocker ‘Angry’ Anderson, in the Sydney northern beaches park where he died after a brutal attack on Sunday morning.
The 26-year-old youngest son of Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson was killed at Pavilion Reserve, near Freshwater Beach, in a bloody attack that may have lasted as long as half an hour.
Liam Anderson’s 20-year-old alleged attacker was arrested at the scene and is assisting police with their inquiries at Manly Police Station.
Police, who said the attack was targeted and the men were known to one another, are expecting to lay charges.
Friends of the rapper shared a beer on Sunday afternoon to remember their “funny and cheeky” mate, tying roses and a note to a wooden post.
“Liam, there are no words to express our sorrow in losing you,” the note reads. “Our tears we can wipe away – the ache in our hearts will always stay.
“Beautiful Liam now rest in peace. We will always miss your funny, cheeky ways. You were a loving friend and a great mate. All our love. Casey, Emma, Barb, Tony, Rach, Jas, Nick, Rhys and Brad. XXX.”
— Kimberley Pratt (@Kim_Pratt10) November 4, 2018
Hours earlier, police said it took several officers and the use of pepper spray to restrain a man they found forcefully beating the young rapper on Sunday morning.
Paramedics were called to the scene about 6am.
An emergency services helicopter arrived at the scene to transport Liam Anderson to hospital, but he died as it was taking off, police said.
Detective Inspector Michael Boutouridis described it as a particularly violent attack.
“It was quite a bloody scene. The man we have in custody was violent and it took a number of police officers to subdue and arrest him,” Detective Inspector Boutouridis told reporters.
“Capsicum spray was used, OC spray, and significant force was used to arrest him.”
Detective Inspector Boutouridis said it was “quite possible” the alleged attacker was under the influence of drugs during the attack.
“I don’t know the circumstances leading to them being at the reserve,” he said.
“It is a quiet area. The assault was brutal.”
A witness said she heard moaning for half an hour, but thought it was a exercise club at a nearby park.
“I just heard a lot of, say for at least half an hour, moaning,” the woman told Seven Network.
“Then we found out it was obviously him being kicked or stabbed. We should have looked out but we didn’t.”
Another nearby resident said it sounded like someone was doing boot camp.
“It just sounded like boot camp, a guy doing boot camp, running up the hill and exhaling,” Kim Luker told the Seven Network.
A note taped to a bin outside the Rose Tattoo lead singer’s home asked for privacy.
In a statement issued on Sunday afternoon, the musician’s management asked that media and the general public respect the family’s privacy.
“With the matter in the hands of NSW Police, the family will not be making any comment at this stage, nor are we as Anderson’s management in a position to offer any comment on their behalf,” spokesman Scot Crawford said.
Liam, who is one of Mr Anderson’s four children and the youngest son, died at the scene from serious head injuries.
Performed under the moniker, Ranford Bigsby, Liam began rapping when he was a teenager and later joined a Sydney amateur rap group, Chaotic Methodz.
Anderson’s music also featured on Triple J Unearthed, where he described himself as an ‘Emcee’ (or MC) who took inspiration from Australian hip-hop artists, such as 360 and Draft.