Students return to school after classmate killed in shopping centre brawl


The teenager was approached by a group of eight to 10 men on Tuesday afternoon outside Brimbank Shopping Centre in Deer Park.

A police officer at the gates of Victoria University Secondary College in St Albans on Wednesday morning.

A police officer at the gates of Victoria University Secondary College in St Albans on Wednesday morning.Credit:Eddie Jim

Witnesses told Nine News that some members of the group were carrying knives and baseball bats and stabbed the teen “multiple times” in the chest and stomach.

The group ran off, but six were arrested on nearby Billingham Road a short time later. They are yet to be charged.

The scene where a teenager was stabbed in Deer Park.

The scene where a teenager was stabbed in Deer Park.Credit:AAP

Foa Galuega, a family friend of the victim, said the teenager was a “good kid”.

“He goes to church. He comes from a good family, a humble family. It’s just so unfortunate this has happened to him,” Ms Galuega said.

She said the fight broke out over an online conflict.

“I think it’s all got to do with social media and bullying and things that they say online and they came after him,” she said.

Another friend of the victim said he tried to intervene in the fight. “We came and pushed them off and then it was too late because he already got stabbed,” the friend said.

Bystanders told Nine they applied pressure to the boy’s wounds before an ambulance arrived.

Paramedics treated the teenager at the scene, but he could not be resuscitated.

Paramedics at the scene when a teen was stabbed on Tuesday afternoon.

Paramedics at the scene when a teen was stabbed on Tuesday afternoon.Credit:Nine

Hours later, a fight broke out at the scene involving about 30 people.

Footage of the second brawl posted on social media shows people running into the taped-off crime scene.

A person can be heard in the footage shouting, “I’ll kill you” while bystanders yell “Stop”.

Three men were arrested over the second fight.

Police outside Brimbank Shopping Centre on Tuesday afternoon.

Police outside Brimbank Shopping Centre on Tuesday afternoon.Credit:Nine News Melbourne

A police officer was taken to hospital and another man was treated for a cut to the head.

Homicide detectives are investigating.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

with AAP

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