Prime minister Scott Morrison blames extremist Islam for assault that left one passerby dead
Tim Smith is a senior frontbencher in the Victorian Liberal-National opposition.
Strong leadership from @MatthewGuyMP.
Sisto Malaspina – a lovely man – was murdered by a Somali-Australian our country gave refuge to. Violence on our streets must end, and it must never be excused. I will never accept violent extremism as a part of modern Australian life. pic.twitter.com/GsAEEVXbUq
Since Sisto Malaspina was identified as the victim about 11am, a shrine has been created outside Pellegrini’s, the iconic Melbourne restaurant that he has owned since 1974.
A small crowd has now gathered outside the cafe. A sign on the door reads: “Due to an incident, Pellegrini’s will be closed until Monday 12th.”
I am devastated. I’ve known Sisto’s smiling, beautiful face all my life. My first coffee, my first date, my Melbourne life. This man, this bar, this lane, this community is the heart of Melbourne – and it will always beat strong. #Sisto #Pellegrinis https://t.co/kIcB0KhfNo
Oh no…Such terrible news!
Many, many times spent in Pellegrinis with kind and welcoming Sisto behind the counter.
Condolences to friends, family and yes, Melbourne.
Youv’e lost a precious piece of your heart and soul.