Thousands Flood To Fed Square To Mourn Bourke Street Victims
People of Melbourne flooded to Federation Square this evening for a special memorial to honour those lost and impacted by the Bourke St tragedy.
The public vigil began at 5:30 PM, just hours after Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 26, was charged with five counts of murder.
Five people have since died as a result of Gargasoulas’ rampage through the Melbourne CBD on Friday. Thalia Hakin, 10, Jess Mudie, 22, Matthew Si, 33, a three-month-old baby and a 25-year-old man died.
In touching scenes, strangers united in grief for the victims of Friday's massacre.
Lord mayor Robert Doyle began the vigil saying 'we are here to share in our grief but to gather strength and hope after an unthinkable act'.
Gov Linda Dessau praised the many strangers and emergency workers who rushed to help at Bourke St last Friday. 'We are all one... your kindness makes each one of us strong at such a difficult time.' she said.
Henry Dow, a witness who helped the injured, told his heartbreaking story of how he and others helped several victims. Including the unsung efforts of a stranger named "Lou".
Lots of tears at vigil after hearing Henry Dow's story of how he and taxi driver Lou helped the injured in #bourkest— Kathryn Powley (@KathrynPowley) January 23, 2017
Henry's touching story was followed by a minutes silence to honour those who were lost.
Tears were flowing and strangers embraced in unity as the vigil finished with the song "You Raise Me Up".
The Victorian Government set up a fund for the families affected by the incident. It pledged an initial $100,000 and said anyone who wanted to make a donation could do via the Victorian Government's website, or by calling 1800 226 226.
For support or to donate to The Bourke Street Fund, go to www.vic.gov.au/bourkestreet.
If anyone has any information , please call Crime Stoppers 1800 000 333, or if anyone has any photo or video footage of the incident please upload via http://upload.vicpolicenews.com.au