A disagreement between two groups of youths has ended tragically in the death of a teenage girl at a short-term stay apartment in Melbourne’s CBD.
Police told reporters on Saturday they were interviewing 12 people involved in the party where the 19-year-old girl, from Pakenham in the city’s southeast, was assaulted and later died from her wounds.
Commander Tim Hansen said a group of young people had rented the 56th floor of the EQ Tower apartment on A’Beckett Street and then a second group had turned up.
Police arrived shortly after 5am to a “fairly chaotic scene” because many people were “upset” and “emotive”, Comm Hansen said.
He said a “dispute of some nature” had led to the woman’s injuries and she died at the scene despite the best efforts of paramedics.
Comm Hansen said police were providing support to the 19 year-old’s family and to the wider African Australian community – of which she, and both groups of youths, were members.
Investigators cannot confirm whether the two groups of youths knew each other or what had brought them together, he said.
Comm Hansen would also not confirm the manner of the teen’s death or her injuries citing the need for police to keep details under wraps until the investigation had run its course.
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EQ Tower residents reported hearing “horrendous” screams inside the CBD apartment complex overnight for about 20 minutes.
“You couldn’t hear anything but this horrendous screaming, but it’s not unusual coming from this building,” the woman told the Herald Sun.
“So much goes on in the building in the middle of the night with people drunk, it’s pretty awful.
“They were shouting and screaming and the girl’s scream was incredibly loud … just screeching.”
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.
– with AAP