Teenager who was fatally stabbed at Melbourne Basketball Center, identified

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Pictured: Teenage boy, 17, stabbed to death in a youth basketball game as friends mourn their beloved partner who ‘never shies away from a challenge’ and the arrested 15-year-old boy is released

  • Bless Mulukwat Akoch, 17, was fatally stabbed at a basketball center on Friday
  • Police and paramedics rushed to the Eagle Stadium in Melbourne on Friday evening
  • The teenager died of his injuries in the hospital with another boy, 15, arrested
  • Police confirmed that the 15-year-old had been released without charge pending an investigation

Friends paid tribute to a 17-year-old boy who was stabbed to death during a youth basketball game in Melbourne.

Bless Mulukwat Akoch was murdered at Eagle Stadium in Werribee on Friday night just before 6pm and the arena was evacuated.

The teenager was rushed to hospital in critical condition but could not be rescued.

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested after the stabbing has been released without charge with investigations ongoing.

Friends of Bless said he was “joking” a few hours before the fatal attack.

Bless Mulukwat Akoch was stabbed at Eagle Stadium in Werribee just before 6pm on Friday night, and the facility was evacuated shortly afterwards.

‘He was a nice guy; there are of course people who didn’t like him or he didn’t like him, but we didn’t think it would get to the point where someone’s life would be taken, ” friend Jonathan Bonsang told the Herald Sun.

Another partner described the teen as a “good soul” who was “destined for greatness,” saying she and her friends were heartbroken by the news.

He always failed to make others laugh and brighten every room with his smile. He never shied away from a challenge and always took them head-on, ”she said.

A friend, Epz Solomona, said goodbye to Bless in a heartfelt Instagram post.

‘You hugged me from the start. You taught me everything, the good, the bad, the ugly, ”he wrote.

“Before I ever signed a contract in my life, I signed myself with you, the streets and I promise to represent you forever.”

Friends paid tribute to 17-year-old saying Bless was 'destined for greatness'

Friends paid tribute to 17-year-old saying Bless was ‘destined for greatness’

Bless was in his senior year at Good News Lutheran College.

Victoria police confirmed on Saturday that the other teen had been released without charge pending further investigation.

The Eagle Stadium has been closed since the incident as police continue their on-site investigation.

Emergency services arrived at the basketball courts around 5:50 PM.

One witness, whose daughter was playing a basketball game on site, said he saw a man running out of the stadium with a knife in his hand.

“I turned and saw a man shooting with a knife in his hand, it was really scary,” he told the publication earlier.

“I think there should be more security in the courts, because there has been a lot of fighting here and in the area in recent months.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or through their website.

Emergency services rushed to Eagle Stadium (pictured) in Werribee, Melbourne on Friday evening after news of a boy being stabbed

Emergency services rushed to Eagle Stadium (pictured) in Werribee, Melbourne on Friday evening after news of a boy being stabbed

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