Help find my son's killer

By LYNDAL GAWEN

A KNOCK on the door at 3am by the police can never be a good thing, and for Desley and Phillip Shrimp the news was shocking.

The officer knocking on their Moranbah caravan door was there to tell them their son, Edmund William Payne, 31, had been shot dead in the street of their Rockhampton home.

"They took us to the police station where we spoke to Mick Niland on the phone,'' Mrs Shrimp, Edmund's mother, said.

From there they went home, packed their bags and drove the five hours to Rockhampton.

Now they are waiting for the police to finish their forensic investigation of the house they bought for Edmund and his step-brother (who was not living there at the time), at 21 Card Street, so they can go through his things.

In a teary interview at the Rockhampton Police Station yesterday Mrs and Mr Shrimp made a plea to the public to come forward with any information they may have regarding Mr Payne's murder.

"Edmund is not important, but he is to me,'' Mrs Shrimp cried about her only child. "If someone knows something please come and tell the police.

"Please give them help and us closure,'' she said.

A cremation for Mr Payne will be held on Friday.

Mr Payne leaves behind his eight-year-old daughter, his mother, his step-father, stepbrothers and sister and his mother's parents who live in Rockhampton.



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