UPDATE: 4.50pm The grieving family of Swanbourne murder victim David Liam Johnson has spoken of their grief in the hope someone will come forward with answers about why he was killed.
The 32-year-old is believed to have been shot near a North Street home and in Lime Kiln Field, a small park not far from Swanbourne beach, about 11.20pm Friday.
Today, his sister Ele and aunty Jennifer, who did not want their surnames published, spoke of their shock, disbelief and devastation at Mr Johnson’s death.
“He was much loved, he was a bit of a larrikin and a free spirit who was up for any adventure,” Ele said. “He was a big family man, always focussing on his family and helping them as much as he could.”
Jennifer remembered her nephew’s big, beautiful smile.
“Right from when he was a little boy he would come and see me and give me a big hug, it was exactly the same when he was older,” she said. “He was a loving young man and we miss him, he was ours, he was a gorgeous-hearted, kind young man and we miss him.
“If this could happen to our family it could happen to any family and it’s everybody’s worst nightmare.
“He would never hurt anybody, he was very kind hearted and with that gorgeous big smile he had you could not help but like him. He was friendly and chatty.”
Mr Johnson was known to frequent the Fremantle, Rockingham and Mandurah areas. He was most recently living in Fremantle and his family said he had a wide circle of friends.
“This has affected a huge amount of people,” Ele said. “He tended to not just be a glancing friend, he was a long lasting friend and kept his relationships strong and was there for a lot of people.”
Ele said he loved his surfing and working on cars, while Jennifer described him as a Jack of all trades who was intelligent and had a lot of potential.
“He was a bit of a free spirit, he popped from thing to thing, he would work for a while then go off and do a lot of surfing,” Ele said. “He enjoyed his life and didn’t want to get stuck doing the same thing all the time, he was quite happy to live life in the moment.”
Jennifer said not knowing what happened was adding to the family’s grief.
“The thing that is most important to us as a family is that people come forward and give us as much information as they can give the police – if they saw David, or if they know anything at all, if they have seen him or remember him, please come forward,” Jennifer said.
“We want justice for David and we don’t want any other family to have to go through this, this is terrible, it’s really terrible.”
Neither Mr Johnson’s family nor police know why Mr Johnson was in Swanbourne, or how he got there on Friday night.Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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