A teen killed in a violent attack at a popular Melbourne beach on the weekend was critically injured in a fatal car crash last year, which reportedly impeded his ability to run away.
Hashim Mohamed, 18, died in hospital after being found at St Kilda beach with a knife protruding from his body and multiple stab wounds, police said.
Police believe the stabbing occurred after a fight involving about five to six males.
The terrifying moment played out at about 7.30pm on Sunday, while it was still light, as beachgoers enjoyed a 33C day.
President of the Victorian Somali Community Farah Warsame told Herald Sun Mr Mohamed was unable to run away as others had during the fight.
“When the fighting started, people ran away from the area to stay safe but this guy couldn’t because he already had been in a very bad accident,” Mr Warsame said.
“He couldn’t run, he couldn’t save himself.
“Our community is in shock, but we are looking for justice to be performed. He was trying to build a future for himself.”
That “very bad accident” was a car crash on September 30 last year, which killed four young men and left two others, including Mr Mohamed, with life threatening injuries, according to the newspaper. All were aged 15 to 20 at the time.
CCTV footage showed a group of men attacking the victims’ car outside Tarneit Shopping Centre just before the crash.
Police said they fled the attack by driving over a median strip onto the wrong side of the road. The victims hit a truck head-on less than 10 minutes later.
Police told news.com.au on Wednesday the investigation was ongoing and no charges had been laid more than a year on.
They are also still investigating and looking for a suspect in the St Kilda beach stabbing.
Homicide Squad Detective Acting Inspector Nigel L’Estrange said police believed “between five to six African males” were involved in the brawl and “a number of knives”.
Anybody with information about either incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report online.
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