By DAVID BANCROFT
THE mother of a former Grafton man, who was allegedly murdered at Bundaberg at the weekend, has told of his devotion and gentle nature.
Ms Jenny Evans, who shared a house with her son on the outskirts of Grafton for five years until June last year, said her son Bradley Evans, had cared for her while she was receiving treatment for cancer and injuries.
"He cared for me during that time," she said.
"I had a broken back and was in a wheelchair ... he really looked after me."
Originally from Rockhampton, Mr Evans, 28, moved to a rural area just outside Grafton and hoped to establish a successful business breeding American Johnston bulldogs.
But a series of problems and unexpected costs meant the business did not succeed and Mr Evans decided he would buy land near his uncle in Queensland so he could help with the breeding program.
"He couldn't get past first base in Grafton," his mother said from near Bundaberg yesterday.
"It was always fluctuating ? he didn't make a cent because of everything that happened.
"I was too ill to help him."
Ms Evans said her son's health had improved markedly since the move north. He was less stressed and was eating better.
"He'd put on a bit of weight," she said.
She said he had a wide circle of friends ? many of them from Grafton ? who would miss him terribly.
"People from all down the east coast of Australia, down to Tasmania, New Zealand and to Perth are in shock," she said.
"I've had more than 300 text messages of condolence."
He had been living in a caravan on the block of land he had bought. His girlfriend, Billie Jo Baker, who also resided in Grafton, lived in a separate caravan on the property.
"They just found it better that way," Ms Evans said.
"She was there when he was murdered ? she drove to a nearby property screaming 'help me somebody, help me'.
"She tried to resuscitate him for three hours."
Because of her ill health, Ms Evans is now hoping to sell the dogs. Money she raises will be used to buy a plaque for her son's grave. Anyone who is interested should call 0428 280 199.
His funeral will be held at noon on Monday at Allambie Gardens, Broadbeach-Nerang Road, Nerang.
A man from Queensland's central coast has been charged with Mr Evans murder at a Bundaberg camping reserve.