Local mourns his hero brother

By Brian Bigg

A MAN shot dead in Melbourne on Monday is the brother of a Bangalow resident.

Solicitor Brendan Keilar, 43, was killed as he tried to be a Good Samaritan on his way to work in the city.

His younger brother, Jason, who has lived in Bangalow since 2000, yesterday flew to Warrnambool, Victoria, to be with his mother.

Brendan Keilar is being called a hero after coming to the aid of former Sydney model Kaera Douglas who was being attacked by a man on a street corner. The two of them and a man identified as a 25-year-old Dutch backpacker were shot.

The alleged gunman, Hells Angels member Christopher Wayne Hudson, 29, has been on the run since the shooting.

Hudson was born in Tweed Heads and has close links with the Gold Coast, where he was involved with bikie gangs.

Richmond Area Police Command spokesman, Michael Hogan, has asked people here to be vigilant in case Hudson comes through this area on his way to the Gold Coast.

Hudson's grandfather remembers him as a blond-haired, blue-eyed boy.

Wilfred Hudson, 84, of Kirra, yesterday told the Tweed Daily News that his grandson was a 'well-looked after kid' before he went off the rails soon after finishing school at Currumbin High.

His parents, Terry and Elizabeth, had split up, and Hudson became involved with a series of bikie gangs; first the Black Uhlans, then the Finks, and most recently the Hells Angels.

It was Hudson's transfer from the Finks to the Hells Angels which sparked the notorious 'Ballroom Blitz' clash between the Finks and the Hells Angels at the Royal Pines resort on the Gold Coast last year.

Hudson was shot in the face and the back in the fight. His grandfather yesterday appealed to his grandson to hand himself into the police.

"Ya silly bugger, give yourself up or else they'll shoot you and say they were doing it in self-defence," Mr Hudson said.



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