A 21-year-old man stabbed in Melbourne’s CBD has been remembered as a sport’s enthusiast who would ‘stand up and say no to crime’ as the manhunt for his attacker continues.
Police were called to The Oaks Hotel in Melbourne’s just before 5 am on Monday following reports a man had been stabbed in the arm. Machar Kot, 21, was rushed to Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical condition suffering serious upper-body injuries but later died.
The offenders fled the scene before police arrived and remain on the run on Monday night. He was also studying for his VCE at Catholic Regional College Melton.
Devastated friends expressed their shock as they remembered Mr. Kot as a popular young man who loved soccer, basketball, and his family. ‘He’s good and loved by a lot of people,’ Naomi Garang sais.
Another friend added: ‘He was always doing his older cousin duties, he was always putting family first.‘ School friend Alpha Vili remembered Mr. Kot as a role model to many of his student peers. ‘People knew him as the person who would stand up and say no to crime,’ he told the Age. ‘His legacy will live on forever.’
Mr. Kot’s Facebook page was flooded with tributes as the word of his death spread throughout the day. ‘You honestly made this place a better place when you were around. I remember just not too long ago we caught up and had a massive convo and you told me how well you’re doing,’ one woman wrote.
Another added: Your bright smile would always light up the room, I’ll never forget. Gone way too young and way too soon.’ One friend recalled how she last saw Mr. Kot shortly before he was killed. ‘I promise brother we won’t let them get away with it,’ she wrote. ‘They took you away from us I can’t unsee it. You were just smiling and said you’re coming back. 30 mins later you’re gone.’
A spokesperson from Oaks Hotels, Resorts, and Suites told Daily Mail Australia the stabbing happened outside the hotel on Market Street. ‘The individual was not a guest of the hotel, nor was he on the premises at any stage,’ the spokesperson said. ‘The team at Oaks Melbourne on Market Hotel is assisting authorities with their inquiries in every way possible. Oaks remains committed to ensuring the safety and protection of all its guests and has a zero-tolerance policy to any criminal activity or violence taking place on its premises.’