Paddle Out Honours ‘Dear Friend’ Byron Bay DJ

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A PADDLE OUT into the surf off Main Beach was held in honour of slain Byron Bay DJ, Chris “Dad Bod” Badley, on Saturday January 6.

Chris died as a consequence of blunt-force trauma at a Byron Bay Christmas Party and young kickboxer Javen O’Neill, 24, is charged with his murder.

Friends of DJ Dad Bod took to social media to honour him on Saturday, with many sharing memories and accolades.

Organiser of the Paddle Out, Dameryy Strookson, said, “Wow what a amazing day that was. Thank you to everyone that donated, partied, paddled out and showed so much love.

“We managed to raise $13,781 for Chris’s family. That was the perfect send off. I can’t thanks everybody enough for helping me put on that day.”

Other friends and family expressed their love for Chris and for those who helped with the paddle out.

  • Lisa North What a lovely tribute to Chris. Certainly touched a lot of lives.
  • Carl John Engelbrecht I will never forget Chris doing his little crossing arms jig (you know the one I’m talking about) behind the decks. What a loss, RIP.
  • Lorraine Tall WOW! What a wonderful tribute to Chris. Such amazing friends he had to do this. Lovely memories for you!

Witnesses claim the kickboxer got into an altercation with the popular DJ before allegedly punching him.

The crown prosecution made a detention application in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday after O’Neill was granted bail at Lismore Local Court last week.

O’Neill, a trained Muay Thai kickboxer, was described as having “an underlying short fuse” by prosecutor Jason Rafeeq.

Story by News Ltd.

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