Published: Wed, November 14, 2018

Owner Of Pellegrini's Cafe Sisto Malaspina Named As Bourke Street Attack Victim

Owner Of Pellegrini's Cafe Sisto Malaspina Named As Bourke Street Attack Victim

Patrons and supporters lined up to sign condolences into a visitor's book at the front of the cafe, sobbing and holding each other as they placed flowers at a memorial in front of the shop window displaying a large photo of Mr Malaspina.

Especially the first responders and police that put themselves in harm's way to protect others - your bravery and heroism is a representation of the strength and solidarity of our community.

"He was a distinctly recognisable figure in his colourful choice of clothing and his flamboyant personality".

"I spoke to his family again this morning, and they have accepted my offer of a state funeral next week, with more details to come".

"To him everyone was special". To us he was just a handsome man, a loving husband and a doting father.

Pellegrini's Espresso Bar in Melbourne will re-open today, four days after its co-owner Sisto Malaspina was killed in the terrorist attack outside the premises last Friday.

"The State Funeral service will be held early next week and will be an opportunity to remember Sisto's life on Bourke Street, not his death".

Sisto, in many ways, represented the true beating heart of Melbourne; a giant city with a village soul.

On Saturday staff and customers erected a floral tribute to Malaspina outside of Pellegrini's. Malaspina bought the business with his friend Nino Pangrazio.

Police and emergency services react to the attack in Bourke Street, Melbourne, that left at least one person dead.

"Pellegrini's has been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of sympathy and kindness", the statement read. Staff said the long black "was Sisto's favourite and will be in memory of him".

"Where you talk about 400-plus people, who we have concerns about, we need to be realistic about the threat and the idea that community leaders would have information but withhold it from the police or intelligence agencies is unacceptable".

Mourners turn out to Pellegrini's to pay tribute to Mr Malaspina.

"So, yes, I mean, there are always lessons to learn; the Police, obviously, the joint taskforce with Victorian Police, the Australian Federal Police - all of those parties will look at every element of this - the movements of this individual before the incident took place - that's, as you would expect".

"It is important for us to get as much information from the imams, from spouses, family members, community members, council workers, people that might be interacting with those that might have changed their behaviours, that they think have been radicalised", Mr Dutton said. "Pellegrini's was your life".

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