Police outside the Toowoomba home where a man was found dead. Photo: Nev Madsen ? Toowoomba Chronicle
The teenager, accused of stabbing to death a 19-year-old cancer survivor, will remain behind bars for the next four months.
Max Peter Smith, 19, faced Toowoomba Magistrates Court today charged with the murder of 19-year-old Jake Lasker whose body was found about 3pm on Wednesday in his family's home in Hogg Street, Toowoomba, west of Brisbane.
Slain man Jake Lasker, 19. Photo: Facebook
The teen had allegedly been stabbed several times in his neck and torso.
Shortly before Mr Lasker's body was discovered, ambulance paramedics were called to treat another teenager who walked into a nearby IGA store at the intersection of Tor and Hogg streets with cuts to his hand, according to The Toowoomba Chronicle.
Mr Smith, from Glenvale in Toowoomba's west, was charged with murder overnight.
It has been reported Mr Smith's hands were bandaged when he fronted court.
Jake’s father John Lasker said the family was in shock.
Mr Lasker said only four months ago they received the good news that his son’s year-long battle with eye cancer was over.
He said Jake was a pillar of strength when the rest of the family were stricken with fear during his cancer battle.
‘‘He was so strong. I was the weak one,’’ Mr Lasker said.
‘‘One of his last words to me before he went into surgery was ‘if there’s any form of problems with the right eye I want it removed’.
‘‘He was able to make the tough decisions.’’
He said in the end Jake’s eye did not have to be removed and doctors cleared him of the disease in August.
‘‘It was a relief,’’ Mr Lasker said.
‘‘This is a tragedy. I don’t understand. He was a brilliant son. The whole family is really going to miss him.’’
He said his son, who had Asperger’s syndrome, found it difficult to associate with people but had plenty of friends through Facebook and his hobby of playing live Xbox games.
Friends and family have posted tributes to the much-admired teen on Facebook.
"Rest In Peace Buddy, I will miss talking to you on xbox and our chats. You had such a kind soul. You didn't deserve this. Hope Heavens ready for you buddy!" one friend wrote.
Another said: "You were a great guy and I loved the way you never gave up."
"You were a MADD fella and I will miss our Xbox sessions. You were a good guy and you didn't deserve this at all," a third wrote.
Mr Smith was remanded in custody today. His case has been set for mention on February 21, 2013.
- with AAP