Vale Jesse and Luke

Vale Jesse and Luke
Image: Photo from Jesse and Luke's Vigil Friday 1st March. By Mark Dickson

The “life of every party” and “a kind, sincere and genuine person” were how friends of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies described them. 

Qantas flight attendant Luke Davies and his boyfriend, former TV presenter Jesse Baird, were allegedly murdered by NSW Senior Constable Beau Lamarre-Condon on February 19, 2024. 

According to ACON, there was a “lot of sadness and grief in our community at the moment” over Baird and Davies’ tragic deaths. 

“We hope he will not be remembered for the tragic events of the last week and a half but for his beautiful soul, adventurous spirit, and the joy he brought into all of our lives. He had the world at his feet and wasn’t wasting a minute,” Davies’ friends and Qantas colleagues said in a statement. 

Qantas’s Mardi Gras float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade this year paid tribute to Davies.

Luke Davies tribute in Qantas Mardi Gras float. Photo by Mark Dickson

Davies previously worked for Tiger Air and Virgin Australia and joined Qantas in Brisbane in 2022 before he moved to Sydney last year. 

Qantas’ Executive Manager Cabin Crew Leeanne Langridge in a statement said that Davies “was a much-loved member of the Qantas cabin crew community in Brisbane and Sydney”. 

“He had a passion for travel, life, his family and friends and the customers that he served. He will be deeply missed. The whole team at Qantas are thinking of Luke and Jesse’s loved ones,” Lanridge said. 

Tributes were also paid to Baird by his former Channel 10 colleagues. 

“It is hard to talk about Jesse in the past tense because he was more than just a colleague, he was our friend … a little brother,” The Project host Sarah Harris said on the show, choking up when she spoke about him. 

Harris said Baird was “one of those kids who had a big smile, big talent and even bigger heart”.

Many pay their respects for Jesse Baird and Luke Davies at their vigil March 1st. Photo by Mark Dickson

Beverley McGarvey, head of Paramount+ and Paramount ANZ, recalled Baird’s  “genuine kindness, warmth and sincerity. “It became clear he was destined for great things. His positive attitude, charisma and charm were effortless. The camera loved him, and so did everyone he worked with – animals and humans alike,” said McGarvey. 

“It’s incredibly sad for all of us who had the privilege of knowing Jesse.”

Baird, who also had a career as an AFL Umpire, was remembered by his colleagues as a “popular and respected member of our AFL umpiring family”. 

Baird began umpiring AFL matches in the Northern Football and Netball League. He moved to Queensland in 2017 and made his debut on the AFL umpiring list in 2020.

“Jesse was more than a colleague, he was a loved friend who I cherished. I loved umpiring with him and being around him. As a young goal umpire, he always provided great positivity to the team in the change rooms, and he was very talented on and off the field,” AFL Umpire and close friend Brett Rosebury said in a statement. 

Attendance at vigil for Jesse Baird and Luke Davies on March 1st. Photo by Mark Dickson

“Jesse will be fondly remembered for his vibrant, fun-loving personality, his professionalism and his commitment to the next generation of young umpires through his mentorship of State League umpires, most importantly he will be remembered for the great, caring person that he was,” said AFL CEO Andrew Dillon.

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