AustraliaMan charged after teenager Harrison Geppert fatally stabbed at Gold Coast dog park
Former Hell's Angels enforcer Ben Geppert vows to avenge the killing of his 17-year-old brother Harrison who was stabbed in a dog park - as teenager is arrested over his death
Harrison Geppert, 17, was died of stab wounds at around 6pm on Wednesday at Frascott Park in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast. He is the brother of high-profile ex-Hells Angels bikie Ben.
An 18-year-old man has been charged with murder after the younger brother of a former Hells Angel bikie was stabbed to death in a popular Gold Coast dog park yesterday.
Harrison Geppert, 17, suffered critical injuries at Frascott Park in Varsity Lakes just after 5:30pm on Wednesday.
He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.
Detective Acting Superintendent Brendan Smith said they have charged a man who surrendered himself to police last night.
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Ben Geppert admits he has lived, and benefited from, a life of crime but wants to leave it behind and inspire other young people to do the same. "We've all done some bad things and I suppose it just follows us forever," Geppert told 9News. The former enforcer has been one of the most prominent figures of the Gold Coast underworld over the past two years, involved in numerous street brawls and public spats between rival gang members. He has also been prominent on social media, boasting about his life of luxury to thousands of followers. But, he says, "there's no happy ending in it".
"We will be alleging that the accused arrived near the park there where he got out of a vehicle and he stabbed the deceased in the back. Obviously as a result of that, he has died," he said.
"Information that has come from the investigation, is that there is probably a group of people that have been involved.
"Probably up to seven or eight males were involved in some sort of altercation in the street there.
"So we are keen for anyone who may have seen these people arrive. How they got there is unclear."
Harrison's brother Ben Geppert has spoken about his grief on social media, vowing to avenge the death.
Last month, the house neighbouring Mr Geppert's former home was shot at, but no one was injured.
Mr Geppert, who appears to have the word "vendetta" tatooed on his face, said Harrison was a "true Geppert", and a "soldier".
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"I wish I could of [sic] been there to help you I would of [sic] never let this happen," he said.
"I won't stop till I sort this Harry I promise you.
"I love you more than anything regardless of the things that have gone on in our family your [sic] still my blood and I promise I won't rest till I have made this person pay!"
Despite Mr Geppert's threat, Superintendent Smith is not concerned about a revenge attack.
"We're confident that the seriousness of the event last night will sink home today and it is very unlikely that there will be any revenge or retaliation amongst that group," he said.
"Obviously his brother is known to us, he is well known to the Gold Coast community.
"We have no concerns that he is going to take the law into his own hands and I mean, if he even thinks about it, there is going to be consequences."
Superintendent Smith said there was no concern for safety for the wider community.
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"It's not like we have got people running around attacking people at random," he said.
"So the people of the Gold Coast can be assured that it is safe to go to the dog parks and continue on with their daily lives."
A crime scene has been established and a homicide investigation is underway.
Police are also doorknocking neighbouring homes and appealing for witnesses, dashcam or CCTV.
Jerome Javier arrived at the dog park shortly after the stabbing.
"So there was someone against the fence and a small crowd around him," he said.
"I just knew it was a teenager that got stabbed at that stage, and I think I stayed at the park until near the end."
Mr Jarvier said it took another few minutes for police and ambulance crews to arrive, but knew when they started CPR it was a bad sign.
"It's very scary, because I come here every day, morning and night," he said.
"I usually walk my dog around the park at night because there's no one else.
"I wouldn't think this could happen during the day in a park where there's maybe 30 kids playing, a hundred metres away from the scene."
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