UPDATE: Nathan Wiseman was walking distance from his Tewantin home when his short life was brought to a brutal end.
The 21-year-old's uncle Stephen Thorn said his family was devastated by the shock loss of a man described as a gentle guy who didn't have a fighting bone in his body.
Mr Thorn said Mr Wiseman, who was also known as Nathan Thorn, was living with his mother Pauline Thorn and had gone out on Saturday night for a few drinks down by the Noosa River.
He said Ms Thorn went to check on her son about 11.30pm and saw him with a man and a woman by the river on Hilton Esplanade.
"She sang out to him 'you okay'," Mr Thorn said.
"He said 'yep fine'."
He said the man had said something along the lines of "we will look after him".
Ms Thorn returned to her home, about two kilometres away, but awoke about 3am Sunday to discover her son was not home yet.
"She drove around the corner and came across all of the police," Mr Thorn said.
"She worked out within one minute that it was her son there."
Police allege Mr Wiseman was stabbed on Ernest St about 1am.
He had wounds to his neck and chest.
A nearby resident raised the alarm after seeing his body in the street.
Mr Thorn, of Noosa, said his sister was "absolutely devastated" by the death of her son.
"She is inconsolable."
He said his nephew was born at Nambour General Hospital and had grown up on the Coast.
"He was a shy sort of a fellow," Mr Thorn said.
"He was just a simple kid."
Mr Wiseman's best mate was his dog Lenny, who has been looking out for him since he did not return home.
"Lenny is wondering where his soul mate is."
Mr Thorn said Mr Wiseman's two older brothers Josh and Stephen looked out for him a lot.
Mr Wiseman had helped at his brother Stephen's mowing business and did some work for himself.
He barely had a chance to use a small tinny boat he was given for his 21st birthday in September.
"We are just in shock," Mr Thorn said.
"He has gone from a guy who wouldn't raise his voice to anyone to dead in the street in Tewantin."
Ernest St resident Trent Nathan was sleeping in his unit, with his door open, about 30m from where Mr Wiseman was found, but did not wake until police knocked on his door about 5am Sunday.
Mr Nathan did not know the victim but was saddened by the death.
"It's horrific," Mr Nathan said.
"It makes me think about walking around at night time."
Another nearby neighbour, who did not want to be named, was also shocked but said she still believed the area was safe.
"Generally this is a lovely, fabulous, sweet spot," she said.
"Certainly we have no fear."
Police on Sunday charged a 38-year-old Peregian Beach man with murder.
Robert John Nott appeared by telephone link in Caboolture Magistrates Court yesterday.
His charge was adjourned so he could access a duty lawyer.
His matter is due for mention in the same court tomorrow.
He was remanded in custody.
EARLIER: Residents along a quiet Sunshine Coast street have been stunned by the stabbing death of a 21-year-old man.
Nathan Wiseman, who was also known as Nathan Thorn, was found fatally stabbed in Ernest St about 1am yesterday.
Police have charged a 38-year-old man with murder.
Coast residents including Shirley Elmy, Lindsay Neill and Lynne Kelly shared their heartfelt condolences to his family on the Sunshine Coast Daily's Facebook page.
"Our hearts and prayers go to Nathan and his family," commented Tania Roy.
Mandy Bailey wrote: "Rest in peace Nathan. So sorry for your loss to his family."
"Heartbreaking to lose a family member so young and so soon after Christmas. Condolences to his family. RIP (sic)," commented Ashleigh Brooks.
Wendy Manning wrote: "RIP Nathan, fly free."
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