A man has faced court charged with the alleged stabbing murder of a father during a wild brawl in a park in Murwillumbah in Northern NSW.
46 year old Charlie Larter was trying to save his teenage son when he was allegedly stabbed to death yesterday, on the way to his own birthday drinks with family.
His 18 year old son Zack Larter was also stabbed in the chest and taken to Gold Coast University Hospital in a critical condition.
After undergoing emergency treatment on Tuesday night, he is now listed as being in a serious but stable condition.
Witnesses say around 30 people were involved in the fight, which happened at about midday on Tuesday at Knox Park.
A 22-year-old man was arrested near the scene and charged.
James Paul Alderton made a brief appearance in Tweed Heads Local Court on Wednesday charged murder and two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Mr Alderton did not apply for bail, and has been remanded in custody to next appear at Lismore Local Court on June 27.
"The motive and the cause behind what happened yesterday is something which we'll be focusing our investigations on today and going forward," said Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen.
The victim's sister Cathy Larter also posted a tribute on Facebook.
"Well your last words to me this morning were I love you and mine to you -I love you. Way too young to die on your birthday RIP little brother," Cathy Larter wrote on Tuesday.