Man's tragic last words after being stabbed in the neck

Police are appealing for witnesses after the young man was stabbed in the neck during a fight

Friends have paid tribute to the young man affectionately known as ‘Wombat’ after the 20-year-old was stabbed to death during a brawl in Brisbane’s south.

Aiden Rhys Bower-Miles had just returned from a night out with mates when a fight broke out between two groups of men, all believed to be in their 20s, The Courier Mail reported.

Emergency services rushed to Fermont Road in Underwood just after 1am to find the man “unresponsive”. Tragically paramedics were unable to save him.

“Fly high brother,” one friend wrote online in the wake of the incident. “RIP young homie,” another said, while a third added that Aiden was “taken too soon.”

Aiden Rhys Bower-Miles.
Aiden Rhys Bower-Miles was stabbed in the neck during the brawl in Underwood in the early hours of Friday morning. Source: Facebook

Victim stabbed in the neck

Police say the young man was stabbed in the neck during the altercation before the two groups split up.

“I heard a lot of shouting,” one neighbour told the publication, saying he was woken by the “high pitched arguing” before hearing a loud voice yelling “you’ve stabbed me”.

One hundred metres down the road, the 20-year-old finally collapsed while walking to a friend’s home.

“It was quite tragic, he’s very young,” South Eastern Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith told media on Friday morning, adding that it was too soon to tell if the fight was gang related.

“How many times do we have to say [if you] don’t carry knives, these things wouldn’t happen.”

Police at the scene (left) and a forensic examining the scene (right).
Police say the 20-year-old man was walking to his friend's home after the fight when he collapsed. Source: Nine News

Police appeal for witnesses to come forward

While no arrests have yet been made at this stage, police have launched a homicide investigation and are appealing for witnesses to get in touch.

“The numbers [in the group] are fluctuating and it’s important that those people who were involved.. Now is their opportunity to come forward,” Supt Smith said. “Fighting these battles is not just a policing concern but a community concern so please come forward.”

Detectives are also appealing for anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage depicting a dark coloured SUV in the area at the time to report it to Policelink or Crime Stoppers on 131 444.

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