The former long-time girlfriend of stabbing victim Morgan Huxley has told mourners at his funeral how the happiest days of her life were with him, and how she feared the days ahead.
"When I was in his arms it felt like home and I will cherish these memories forever," Jessica Hall said. Her words were spoken to more than 300 people who mourned Mr Huxley at Macquarie Park Crematorium on Tuesday.
Detectives were present at the service, mindful of the possibility the person responsible for stabbing him in his Neutral Bay apartment might attend. As family and friends remembered a car-loving larrikin, police were busy conducting a forensic review of evidence from the 31-year-old's home.
A homicide detective said police were examining several items taken from the small business owner's apartment and closely looking at fingerprints and DNA samples found in his bedroom.
Mr Huxley was stabbed more than a dozen times in his Watson Street apartment after spending the day at a friend's engagement party near Lane Cove.
Ms Hall recalled the pair's travels in Tasmania, Italy and the Whitsundays, and told of how she would pretend to study as Mr Huxley worked on jetties around Sydney Harbour as part of his small business, Huxley Marine.
Although the pair had not been dating at the time of his death, she said she would always love him.
"We still love the shit out of each other," a phrase she said Mr Huxley often used. "I will miss his cheekiness and the sparkle in his brown eyes. I loved how he put people at ease with his honesty ... This is no doubt why he had so many friends."
A blue Lamborghini escorted Mr Huxley's hearse to the funeral, where friends and his brother Oliver then carried his bright-yellow, racing car-themed coffin. Oliver Huxley promised to seek justice for his sibling.
"You were taken from us and you were so cheaply removed from your life," he said in a letter read out at the service. "I promise we will get your deserved justice. I love you more than you will ever know."
Close friends, including Chris Moroney, talked of Mr Huxley's love of boats, cars and his inquisitive nature. Mr Huxley was described as having "a talent for creating things", a gifted sportsman, who loved soccer, cars and felt strongly about environmental issues.
"What you see is what you got and we all loved that about him,"; one mate said. "Morg we love you, thank you for your friendship."
A tribute penned by his father Allan read: "You don't know how happy you used to make us."
Sister Tiffany thanked her brother for all the laughs. "I'm sure you'll be making noise wherever you are. I'm so proud to be your big sister, she said."
Mr Huxley was last seen leaving the Oaks Hotel by himself about 1.30am on September 8.
At 3am, his Irish flatmate Jean Redmond found him with stab wounds and wearing only a T-shirt in his bedroom. Police are trying to narrow down his last known movements