The devastated daughter of a slain Melbourne man has spoken out, saying whoever killed her father has ruined her family.
The body of Michael Mammone, 47, was discovered on Friday morning in a car park at Donnelly Reserve in Cranbourne, in Melbourne’s southeast.
A witness said the father was found with his hands bound, and his body was discovered by a father and his children on their way to school, according to The Age.
His silver BMW was not discovered until about 7.30pm on Saturday in Miller Court, about a kilometre from where his body was found.
Mr Mammone was beloved by his children and grandchildren, and his middle child, Brodie Mammone, just wants her father to know how much his daughters cared for him.
Ms Mammone fought back tears as she spoke to Nine News about her father’s tragic death and described the devastating impact of losing a parent.
“You have made three daughters go without a parent through the most important parts of their years,” she said to whoever is responsible for the death.
“My sister’s not going to be able to be married and have her dad walk her down the aisle.”
Nine News reported Ms Mammone hasn’t been able to tell her three-year-old daughter, Myah, the fate of her grandfather, and added her dad’s grandchildren were going to grow up knowing “the kind of person” he was.
Ms Mammone described the circumstances of her father’s death as “malicious”, although she did not know what the motive behind the killing was.
“You have ruined a family beyond recognition. There is no coming back from this,” Ms Mammone said
Mr Mammone’s former partner Danielle Thompson said he had a “heart of gold”, despite having his struggles.
“He had a heart of gold. Yes, he had his demons that in turn destroyed our relationship, but he always worked, he always loved his kids … and [he was] a funny, spontaneous character,” Ms Thompson told The Age.
“We knew each other as teens, I was 14 and he was 18 … He bought my very first Valentine's Day teddy in a basket, then we never saw each other again until 17 years later and experienced our very first kiss.”
Police have asked anyone who saw suspicious activity in the Cranbourne area on Thursday or Friday to come forward, as well as drivers who may have dashcam footage.
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