The cousin of former Channel 10 presenter Jesse Baird has paid tribute to his relative after he was allegedly murdered by a police officer.
Senior NSW Police Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon, 28, has been charged with the alleged murders of Mr Baird, 26, and his boyfriend Luke Davies, 29.
Baird’s cousin Austin shared a touching tribute Saturday night, the first in the host’s family to do so publicly, along with several photos of the couple together with their loved ones.
‘Jesse, my first best friend, I am beyond devastated. I still can’t believe it. “Most of my favorite memories in life were me, Luke, Brendan and you riding motorcycles, skiing, boating and camping,” she wrote on Instagram.
Jesse Baird’s cousin Austin shared a heartfelt tribute to the former Channel 10 anchor after he was allegedly murdered.
The post included a recent video of Mr. Baird and his loved ones taking photos at a gathering, while other photos showed him and Austin as children.
“I’ll never forget our talks, all the times we’d go out on the weekends and hang out with family and friends,” Austin continued.
‘I told you things I would never say to anyone. I trusted you, I laughed and cried in front of you!
‘You were one in a million, you cared about everyone and you left a huge impact on everyone you met!
‘I will love you and remember you forever, friend. It is an honor to be your cousin. Until we meet again.’
Previous footage captured Lamarre-Condon arriving at his uncle’s house the morning he turned himself in to police.
He was seen wearing a dark-coloured hoodie and a cap when he arrived at his relative’s home in Grays Point, in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, on Friday.
Shortly after, the pair drove to Bondi police station, as seen in footage obtained by Seven News, where Lamarre-Condon was charged.
The bodies of Baird and Davies have not yet been found.
Footage captured Beau Lamarre-Condon, 28, wearing a dark-coloured hoodie and cap as he arrived at his relative’s home in Grays Point, in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire, on Friday morning before surrender to the police.
Police divers are seen searching a waterway in Lambton, Newcastle
According to court documents, the two men were allegedly murdered by Lamarre-Condon at Mr Baird’s terraced house in Paddington between 12.01am and 5.30pm on Monday.
Detectives are relying on Lamarre-Condon’s co-operation, as well as CCTV, toll payments and GPS mobile data, to piece together what happened in the following days.
Police are scouring an area from Newcastle, about two hours north of Sydney, to the Shire in the city’s south, hoping to find the bodies of Baird and Davies.
Lamarre-Condon allegedly rented a white van and drove it to the Shire.
He then allegedly drove the van to Lambton, in Newcastle, on Thursday before returning to the Shire on Friday morning, where it was discovered in Grays Point.
Police divers are also searching a waterway in Lambton and were assisted by homicide detectives on Friday and Saturday.
Lamarre-Condon previously dated Baird before breaking up in recent months and then Baird went public with her relationship with her new boyfriend, Davies, in early February.
New South Wales Police Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty did not suggest an alleged motive to reporters on Friday, but said the relationship was an “obvious line of inquiry.”
Senior NSW Police Constable Beaumont Lamarre-Condon, 28, worked as a youth engagement officer before being charged with two counts of murder.
Jesse Baird (left), 26, and Luke Davies (right), 29
Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Lamarre-Condon worked in the NSW Police Force’s Youth Command as a “youth engagement officer” with schoolchildren in Sydney’s south.
The role saw him travel around the suburbs of Rockdale, Kingsgrove and Bexley acting as a point of contact between schools, community groups and NSW police.
I would conduct programs with children to help them stay on the right path.
A police statement on Saturday said: “The police’s priority is to find the bodies of Mr Davies and Mr Baird.
‘It is important for the investigation, but even more so for the families of both men.
‘We appreciate that people have a lot of questions they want answered, and so do we. But as this has been a very rapidly moving investigation, detectives are still in the process of conducting the necessary investigations to gather the necessary information.’
Lamarre-Condon was charged after surrendering to police in Bondi following a massive manhunt (pictured, detectives take Lamarre-Condon away for questioning).
Lamarre-Condon previously dated Baird (pictured) before splitting in recent months and Baird went public with her new boyfriend, Davies, in early February.
Police alleged Lamarre-Condon murdered his ex-partner and Mr Davies using a police-issued Glock pistol before renting the white Toyota HiAce van to allegedly dispose of the couple’s bodies.
He then allegedly kept the gun at a suburban police station, although detectives did not specify which one, before taking sick leave on Tuesday and not returning to work on Wednesday.
Family and friends of Mr Baird have told police they were deeply concerned about Lamarre-Condon’s behavior in the lead-up to the Channel 10 presenter’s death.
Superintendent Doherty He said there had been nothing.“warning flags” or complaints raised with the police since the couple separated, but which in the course of their investigations have “It has been documented that there was some concerning behavior that was alleged by family and friends.”
“But that was never reported to the police,” he said.
Tributes have since flowed for Mr Baird, who was also an AFL referee, and Mr Davies, a Qantas flight attendant.
TO GoFundMe has been set up for Mr Davies and more than $50,000 has been donated so far.
Lamarre-Condon did not apply for bail during his court appearance on Friday and will appear again on April 23.
Detectives are relying on the cooperation of Lamarre-Condon, as well as CCTV, toll payments and GPS mobile data, to piece together what happened.
The Channel 10 presenter and his new partner (in the photo) made their relationship public weeks ago