Asian America Daily - in under 5 minutes What's happening in Asian America? Get a daily email to stay informed, educated, and entertained.
A 20-year-old Australian man was fatally stabbed after a brawl broke out in Melbourne.
What happened: Thomas Tran was heading to the gym on Monday night when a brawl occurred “between a group of people” on Atherton Road, Oakleigh, according to 9News.
- Before the incident, Tran reportedly called his cousin and housemate, Fiona Tran, at around 7:30 p.m. while on his way to the gym.
- “I heard him shake his protein shaker about 7:30 p.m.,” she said. “It was just a normal night.”
- Melbourne police received a call about a fight on Atherton Road at around 8 p.m. on June 29.
- Authorities attempted to revive Tran, but the man died at the scene, The Age reported.
- Four people — a 15-year-old boy from Dandenong, two men from Lynbrook and Lyndhurst aged 19 and a 20-year-old man from Dandenong South — were arrested.
- They were later released from custody and await further pending inquiries.
This is heart breaking. The devastated parents and aunties of a young man killed on Oakleigh overnight have arrived at the scene of his death. They’re making an offering and praying. His mother is inconsolable. @9NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/NZj1frXs4o
— Lana Murphy (@LanaMurphy) June 29, 2020
The aftermath: Family members of the man returned to the scene the following day to light incense and bring offerings to Tran, who is described by his girlfriend, Trish Nguyen, as the “funniest person you’d ever meet,” ABC News reported.
- “He had the goofiest laugh. He never put himself first, he put others that he loved. He loved his family, he loved his friends. He’s just a great guy and he didn’t deserve that at all,” Nguyen added, saying that Tran was not a fighter.
- She also pleaded for the gang violence to end following the death of Tran, who is the third to die from fatal brawls in the city.
- “Just don’t do it guys. It’s not worth it at all. Look, we’ve lost a loved one, it’s really not worth it,” she said. “You shouldn’t do that to people’s families, you shouldn’t do that yourself, your own family. It’s not fair.”
- In a statement posted on Facebook on Monday evening, Member of Parliament Steve Dimopoulos expressed his shock about the incident that happened in “a location that is loved across Melbourne” and a safe place for people.
- “There is no place for violence in our community. Not now. Not ever,” he said. “Whatever disagreements people may have – it is never worth someone’s life.”
- Authorities are investigating the case and urging anyone who may have footage of the incident taken in Chester Street, Eaton Mall and Atherton Road between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday night.
Feature Image Screenshot via 9 News Australia