Sisto Malaspina (photo) was a beloved meeting of the cafe in Melbourne that he occupied for decades, before he was murdered on Friday
A former nurse who desperately tried to revive a cafe owner in Melbourne after being stabbed on Bourke Street has revealed what happened in his last moments.
Sisto Malaspina was near his coffee shop, Pellegrini, when Hassan Shire Ali (30) exploded his car in an ISIS-inspired attack that shocked the bustling city.
Ali started waving a knife after escaping from the blazing vehicle, and it was suggested that Mr. Malaspina had gone to Ali to help him when the attacker had put him on his neck.
The woman who stayed with him at his last moments, a single mother and a former nurse who did not want to be named, told the Herald Sun that she "did everything to save this poor man".
Mr. Malaspina was stabbed in an artery just above his collarbone and quickly blossomed, leaving him with no hope of survival, she said.
When she realized that he would not make it, the woman said she was working to make him comfortable.
I made the sign of the cross on his forehead and said: & # 39; I'm sorry, I'm so sorry. You now have at least peace & # 39 ;.
I had to wipe the blood from his forehead, I had to give him that dignity because his face was so kind. & # 39;
Founders in his café, Pellegrini & # 39; s, and the locals put flowers outside the establishment, which was visited by generations of families from Melbourne.
Passers-by saw each other comfort and signed a condolence book in front of the cafe
A man played a slow and sad tune on his violin while the Melbourne residents said good-bye to their friend
Mr. Malaspina was killed by Hassan Shire Ali (left), who exploded his car on Friday before stabbing the bar owner, slapping a large artery
Ali rode Friday on the sidewalk with his Holden Rodeo ute, before setting him on fire in an attempt to explode an open gas bottle with barbecue into the bin, turning his car into a makeshift bomb.
As he waited for the bottle to explode, he stuck Mr Malaspina in his neck, killed him, and wounded the Tasmanian businessman Rod Patterson, 58, and a 26-year-old security guard from Hampton Park, Melbourne.
The uprising persisted when the police arrived and was called to investigate the burning car.
Dressed in a long brown tunic, Ali threw at the officers, with a gruesome video in which he waved the knife while the police tried to calm him down.
He is seen as he chases the officers behind a tree, and a bystander, who is now being hailed as a hero, is seen with a shopping cart while he uses Ali to push Ali away.
While the attacker tried to cut the officers, a policeman unsuccessfully tried to attack him and his partner shot the attacker in his coffin.
When Ali fell to the ground, the two officers ran to him, arrested him and hurried him to the police with the police.
He died a few hours later in an operation at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
Assistant AFP Commissioner Ian McCartney said at a press conference late Saturday morning on Ali's radar, but the police decided not to intervene.
& # 39; Though he had radical ideals, he had no danger, & # 39; he said. & # 39; It is a reality check for us that the threat is still very real, even with the fall of the caliphate (with ISIS-guarded territory taken back in Syria and Iraq).
& # 39; It is a complex and challenging company that works on these threats every day. The estimate was that he was not a threat at that time.
& # 39; Obviously in terms of when he turns away from radicalization, these actions will be central to these researches. & # 39;
Commissioner McCartney confirmed that Ali was inspired by ISIS propaganda online.
The woman who ran next to him to save him said after realizing that he could not survive, she tried to make him as comfortable as possible.
Ali stabbed two others during what the police called an ISIS-inspired attack, and was filmed while he swung the police with a big knife
The death of Mr. Malaspina was regretted by many at the weekend, with the pile of flowers growing per minute
A man quietly paid respect for a photo of the Italian immigrant while standing between the extensive floral display
Markel Villasin, 22 and his bosses ran their KFC shop when they had a commotion & # 39; heard and saw Ali holding a knife and swinging at agents.
It seemed that police officers did not know how to deal with the situation because it is clearly so rare in Melbourne, Villasin said to ABC.
Mr. Villasin saw that Mr. Malaspina was breathing but said he seemed to bleed & # 39; while lying in a pool of blood while rescuers tried to resuscitate him with CPR.
& # 39; Unfortunately the man died, they put a sheet on him. It was crazy because he was living on my feet while they were trying to work on him and then he died, "he said.
Mr. Malaspina came to Australia from Italy 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 like former prime minister Gough Whitlam.
Russell Crowe, David Campbell and Labor Leader Bill Shorten were among the striking tributes to the beloved Melbourne fixture.
Staff wrote a poignant tribute to Mr. Malaspina calling him & # 39; the best boss & # 39; who made his employees a part of his life & # 39;
Ali & # 39; s Holden Rodeo hit a pedestrian as he drove on the curb and on Friday at around 4:20 PM near Target near the crossroads of Swanson Street caught fire before his stabbing raids began
Mr. Crowe revealed that he had visited Pellegrini long before he had any appearance of life he now enjoys.
& Sisto, il mio cuore si spezza [Sissto, my heart breaks], & # 39; he wrote on Twitter.
& # 39; I've been going to Pellegrini's since 1987. Never been to Melbourne without letting my husband in Sisto.
South Sydney stickers on the wall and caps on the display. My dear faithful friend, stabbed in the street by a crazy man. Cosí Triste [so sad]. & # 39;
Mr. Campbell said Mr. Malaspina's place was his "favorite place in the city, primarily because of [its owner]& # 39 ;.
& # 39; He would scream if I came in & # 39; here he is … the artist! & # 39; Ask for my family and my father (who also went religious).
& # 39; An icon of Melbourne. You were never a stranger in his company. & # 39;
Bill Shorten said that the death of Mr. Malaspina & # 39; Shocking, unreal and heartbreaking & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; I have been visiting Pellegrini since school. I just saw Sisto on Monday morning. He insisted that I try a piece of his almond cake, "he said.
HOLY WRITTEN BY STAFF AGAINST PELLEGRINI & S
Thank you for making us your staff members as part of your life.
You have always cared for us as a family.
You always said that you had fun at work because we all worked so hard.
Pellegrini was your life.
We will never forget everything you have done and given us all.
We will love you forever and ever in our hearts.
REST IN PEACE.
Compassion with the Malaspina family.
Always loved, never forgotten.
& # 39; He is an icon of Melbourne and a real gentleman. Impossible to imagine the devastation for his family and staff. & # 39;
Matt Preston of Masterchef also took some time to share his memories of Mr. Malaspina.
& # 39; So sad that this man's gem disappeared in such tragic circumstances, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; One of the greats behind one of the greats. I romanced the woman I love at Pellegrini & # 39; s.
& # 39; I met my friends over the years at Pellegrini's. I was happy to drink coffee or granita only to eat at the counter under the watchful eye of the man in the scarf.
& Vale Sisto. All my love and sympathy for his friends and family. & # 39;
While some shared their grief for the beloved Melbourne icon online, others chose a more personal route.
Pellegrini was surrounded by flowers at the weekend, with mourners expressing their respect and a condolences to the family of Mr. Malaspina.
A violinist played a slow and sad song when spectators held each other and took a moment to remember the friendly face that greeted them from behind the counter.
Stuck in front of the door was a letter from Pellegrini's staff, who remembered their boss as a man who dedicated himself to his work and his family, who had fun in their successes and made everyone who worked there like his own children.
Another sign said that the café would reopen on 12 November.
Pellegrini & # 39; s reopen on November 12, but the loss of Mr. Malaspina will be felt for a long time