Emotion pours out online for man charged over Kurtis' death

THERE was an outpouring of emotion on social media yesterday for Paul Tappin following the tragic death of the 28-year-old earlier this week. For many there was a sense of shock.

Police are preparing a report into the death of Mr Tappin, who it is believed took his own life early Wednesday.

He had, on Tuesday, been charged with the dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death or grievous bodily harm and leaving the scene of an incident without obtaining help, in relation to the death of Rockhampton teenager Kurtis West.

Kurtis' body was found on the side of the Jambin-Dakenba Rd early last Friday after an apparent motorbike accident.

Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige said everyone was shocked. "This has come as a real shock, even for the police," he said.

"We talk about drugs, but it goes to show that alcohol is one of the worst."

One post on Mr Tappin's Facebook page read, "RIP Tappy. You will be greatly missed".

This was one of many messages and it seemed to capture the spirit of people's messages.