Cian English, 19, from Hawthorne in Brisbane’s eastern suburbs was found suffering traumatic injuries after what was initially though to be a fall from a balcony on Saturday morning.
Overnight Queensland police arrested three men, aged 18, 20 and 22, and charged them all with one count of murder and two counts of armed robbery.
Police were called to the View Avenue apartment complex around 3.15am Saturday after a passer-by discovered the body and called emergency services.
Detectives will now allege that a group of people from one unit, armed with a knife, went to another unit where there was a robbery before the man died.
The 18-year-old is due to appear in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Monday while the other two men are expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court.
Investigations into the incident are continuing.
Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Senior Operations Supervisor Neil Stead told reporters Saturday that when paramedics got to the scene, they were faced with an “extremely difficult job”.
The scenes they witnessed were so traumatic that those tasked with looking after Mr English have undergone welfare checks.
They tried in vain, using CPR, to save him, but it was too late.
A RECURRING PROBLEM ON THE GOLD COAST
Several young people have fallen to their deaths from high-rise balconies in Surfers Paradise in recent years.
In November Liam Kearns, 22, from Christchurch in New Zealand, fell to his death from the 15th floor of the Breakers North building.
In 2018, Sydney-born Hamish Bidgood, 18, fell from a balcony at the Surfers Regent Apartments in Surfers Paradise 5am on November 29.
In 2016, another 17-year-old was injured falling from a balcony as he leaned over to reach for something he dropped.
Another four Schoolies in the same year were fined for balcony hopping.
Isabelle Colman, 17, died after falling from a 26th floor balcony at the Chevron Renaissance towers in 2012 while celebrating Schoolies.
In the month before, three others fell to their deaths from Gold Coast skyscrapers.