& # 39; A Great Loss & # 39 ;: Contributing Social Media After the Tragic Death of Sisto Malaspina in Melbourne

Tributes continue to flow in after the tragic death of café icon Sisto Malaspina on Friday.

The cafe boss of the Pellegrini in Melbourne & # 39; s Bourke St was stabbed to death by terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali around 4:20 PM.

Founders, friends and staff hastened to express their respect with flowers and cards or online via social media.

In what was a gruesome scene, Malaspina (74) initially went outside to help Ali, believing that the Somalian-born assailant was involved in a car accident.

Mourners who pay tribute on Saturday outside the Pellegrini café in Melbourne

Mourners who pay tribute on Saturday outside the Pellegrini café in Melbourne

Residents of Melbourne were quick to pay tribute to Sisto Malaspina, who was stabbed to death by a terrorist on Friday

Residents of Melbourne were quick to pay tribute to Sisto Malaspina, who was stabbed to death by a terrorist on Friday

Residents of Melbourne were quick to pay tribute to Sisto Malaspina, who was stabbed to death by a terrorist on Friday

Residents of Melbourne are queuing to show their respect to Mr. Malaspina on Saturday

Residents of Melbourne are queuing to show their respect to Mr. Malaspina on Saturday

Residents of Melbourne are queuing to show their respect to Mr. Malaspina on Saturday

Bourke St in Melbourne & # 39; s CBD, the scene of the gruesome terrorist attack on Friday afternoon

Bourke St in Melbourne & # 39; s CBD, the scene of the gruesome terrorist attack on Friday afternoon

Bourke St in Melbourne & # 39; s CBD, the scene of the gruesome terrorist attack on Friday afternoon

An outrageous Ali attacked the older man, who died in the street next to a puddle of his own blood.

Ali continued to attack two more victims who survived.

Twitter user Tony De Bolfo said that Malaspina & # 39; Italy in a cup & # 39; offered, while another tweet the elder gentleman to the city's fabric & # 39; added because of his cheerful personality.

A third described Malaspina as an icon of Melbourne & # 39; with Mary Sullivan and stated that his death was a "tragedy for family, friends and Melbourne."

Twitter user Tony De Bolfo said that Mr. Malaspina patrons & # 39; Italy in a cup & # 39; gave

Twitter user Tony De Bolfo said that Mr. Malaspina patrons & # 39; Italy in a cup & # 39; gave

Twitter user Tony De Bolfo said that Mr. Malaspina patrons & # 39; Italy in a cup & # 39; gave

Twitter user & # 39; Mumsy & # 39; tweet on Saturday that she & # 39; a tear shoots & # 39; after the attack

Twitter user & # 39; Mumsy & # 39; tweet on Saturday that she & # 39; a tear shoots & # 39; after the attack

Twitter user & # 39; Mumsy & # 39; tweet on Saturday that she & # 39; a tear shoots & # 39; after the attack

Twitter user Daz said that Malaspina has added to the fabric of the city & # 39;

Twitter user Daz said that Malaspina has added to the fabric of the city & # 39;

Twitter user Daz said that Malaspina has added to the fabric of the city & # 39;

Madsp tweette Sisto Malaspina was an icon of Melbourne & # 39;

Madsp tweette Sisto Malaspina was an icon of Melbourne & # 39;

Madsp tweette Sisto Malaspina was an icon of Melbourne & # 39;

Mary Sullivan said that the death of Malaspina was a "tragedy for his family, friends and Melbourne & # 39;

Mary Sullivan said that the death of Malaspina was a "tragedy for his family, friends and Melbourne & # 39;

Mary Sullivan said that the death of Malaspina was a "tragedy for his family, friends and Melbourne & # 39;

A sign on the door said the cafe would be closed until Monday, while the police are waiting outside.

Mr. Malaspina emigrated from Italy to Australia and in 1976 took over the Espresso Bar from Pellegrini with his business partner Nino Pangrazio and maintained the original decor from 1954.

The café, with its monumental neon signs, became a popular meeting point for urban professionals, tourists and even politicians such as former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam.

Ali died Friday night at the operating table at the Royal Melbourne Hospital within hours of being shot by a non-commissioned officer.

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