Owner Of Pellegrini's Cafe Sisto Malaspina Named As Bourke Street Attack Victim

Howard TerryNov 16, 2018

According to the ABC, the kitchen will remain closed but customers who order a long black today will receive their drink free of charge - the coffee was Malaspina's favourite.

"To the people of Melbourne, your heartfelt tributes have shown us why our Dad loved this great city so much". "To us he was just a lovely man, a loving husband and a doting father", the family said in a statement.

Victorian Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said on Saturday the attack was terrorism inspired by Islamic State.

Especially the first responders and police that put themselves in harm's way to protect others - your bravery and heroism is a representation of the strength and solidarity of our community.

In a statement the family has thanked everyone who has paid their respects and shown their love and support.

The 24-year-old SecureCorp guard, who has not yet been named, was discharged from the Royal Melbourne Hospital this morning after being stabbed on Friday, along with Sisto Malaspina and Tasmanian businessman Rodney Patterson.

"To him everyone was special".

Patrons and supporters lined up to sign condolences into a visitor's book at the front of the cafe, sobbing and holding each other as they placed flowers at a memorial in front of the shop window displaying a large photo of Mr Malaspina.

Mr Dutton says the government's community engagement programs, including those run by his department, are sowing positive relationships that have led to effective intelligence gathering. Malaspina took over the venue in 1974 with his business partner Nino Pangrazio, who told Fairfax he was "devastated" by the loss of his friend. "To him it was a joy to go to work every day".

"We have insane people in the street".

Mourners turn out to Pellegrini's to pay tribute to Mr Malaspina.

His staff left an emotive note clearly displayed in the window, calling Mr Malaspina "the best boss".

"It was just natural for him to jump into action", she said.

"If they know somebody within the family unit, within the workplace, that they see a change in behaviour that they believe may be radicalised or about to act out, we need that information".

"Bearing in mind, the whole episode hasn't really sunk in with us yet, with the family", he said.

"Pellegrini was your life, we will never forget all that you have done and given us".

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