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Evander Tuala death: Family's heartbreaking last words after Oxford St brawl

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Devastated relatives have paid tribute to their ‘sweet boy’ who tragically died after a mass brawl outside a popular Sydney pub. 

Evander Tuala, 23, (pictured) had his life support turned off in St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney

Evander Tuala, 23, (pictured) had his life support turned off in St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney

Evander Tuala, 23, suffered life-threatening head injuries during the fight outside Oxford Tavern in Darlinghurst, Sydney, on Saturday morning. 

He was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital in a critical condition where he was placed in an induced coma. His life support was turned off on Monday night.

Heartbroken family and friends have flocked online to remember the young man, who was affectionately known as ‘Woody’ to loved ones.  

Niu Tuala, paid honour to her ‘sweet’ nephew whose life was tragically cut short. 

‘You came into this world and brought so much love into our family,’ she wrote on Facebook. 

‘Now you’ve left us broken. You were stolen from us like a thief in the night.’ 

Cousin Nancy Tautaiolefue said the family is trying to indulge on the ‘unforgettable memories’ as they look for ‘peace, comfort, and light’ in the ‘darkness’.

‘You deserved a better fate than what you received, so saddened to know that you were the strong one in the family but didn’t even get an opportunity to defend yourself from a cowardly act, you deserve justice,’ she said. 

‘The waves of tears, pain and sadness are so continual and heavy as we kiss your soul goodbye.

Evander Tuala, 23, lies on the ground after allegeldy being assaulted in Sydney over the weekend. His life support was turned off on Monday night

Evander Tuala, 23, lies on the ground after allegeldy being assaulted in Sydney over the weekend. His life support was turned off on Monday night

‘We got to experience the beauty of your personality, your protective, selfless attitude, your positive outlook on the world, everything about you was unique, we’re so thankful, so lucky and blessed for that opportunity… even if it was just for a short amount of time.

 ‘You taught us that life is precious, to live with purpose, to cherish and enjoy every moment. May you rest in peace and fly high with the angels’ 

Another cousin Dietrich Roache, who plays Rugby Sevens for Australia, paid a poignant tribute as the team won a bronze medal at the Singapore Sevens on Sunday night.

Roache wrote ‘RIL (Rest in Love) Woody’ written on a bandage on his wrists during the match against Ireland, and pointed to the sky when he scored a try. 

Deebo Tuala described his nephew as the ‘very heart of the family’.

‘Evander Tuala was taken away from us so suddenly,’ he said. 

‘Woody my heart is heavy and shattered into a million pieces.’

One friend said she was still reeling in shock over Mr Tuala’s sudden death. 

‘Rip woody, I can’t believe you’re gone,’ she said. 

‘The only person I know that could be a smart a** but nice about it. Honestly the sweetest.. gone too soon.’ 

Heartbroken relatives gathered at Mr Tuala's hospital bed to say their goodbyes before his life support was shut off on Monday

Heartbroken relatives gathered at Mr Tuala’s hospital bed to say their goodbyes before his life support was shut off on Monday 

In the hours before his life support was switched off, relatives gathered around Mr Tuala’s hospital bed to say their goodbyes. 

Police are still searching for the person who threw the significant blow in the brawl that claimed Mr Tuala’s life.

Three people have been charged in relation to the fight, including Keidan Donovan-Phillips – the brother-in-law of NRL star Adam Reynolds.   

His sister is Tallara Simon-Phillips, who married Brisbane Broncos captain Reynolds in 2016.  

Donovan-Phillips will spend the next two weeks on remand charged as he did not seek bail during a hearing in Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday.

He was one of three men from Sydney’s eastern beaches area arrested in relation to the incident. 

Byron Brown-Yeo, 19, also remains in custody after his lawyer did not seek bail during the same hearing in Parramatta Bail Court.  

Brown-Yeo and a third man have also been charged with affray, but police are still seeking to identify the person who punched Mr Tuala. 

Police are searching for the person whose punch knocked Evander Tuala (pictured) to the ground in a brawl in Sydney over the weekend

Police are searching for the person whose punch knocked Evander Tuala (pictured) to the ground in a brawl in Sydney over the weekend

He was allegedly hit in the head during the fight and knocked unconscious after striking the ground. 

Detective Superintendent John Duncan said the fight started outside the bar after an incident involving two groups inside, but police aren’t sure what sparked the brawl. 

Relatives of Mr Tuala gathered at St Vincent’s Hospital to say farewell to the man they called ‘Woody’, in the expectation that he will not survive.

Mr Tuala’s family has reportedly been advised by a lawyer not to comment on the situation.  

Superintendent John Duncan said homicide detectives had been involved in a consultancy role, but ‘obviously we’re treating this as a potential homicide’.

‘This is a serious assault… [We’re] trying to identify the other parties involved and investigate further so charges can be made,’ he said.

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