The hunt for a killer is underway after a 19-year-old girl was fatally stabbed during a brawl in a luxury Melbourne apartment.
Inside the EQ Tower tower, 56 floors up, a teenager’s life ended violently in the early hours of Saturday morning.
At street level, grief from friends followed after a fun night-out in the city turned deadly.
They had rented a short-stay apartment in the A’Beckett Street building, but a second group arrived during the night.
A dispute broke out and the young woman was stabbed, suffering fatal injuries.
Neighbours knew something was wrong.
“I could just hear this horrendous screaming, but it’s not unusual coming from this building,” one woman told 7 News.
She said the screaming went on for 20 minutes.
At 5am, there was an emergency call with reports a person had been stabbed.
The victim was 19 and from Pakenham – southeast of the city.
Paramedics tried to revive her, but her injuries were too severe.
Police took people from the two groups of African-Australians aside to get their version of events.
“They were of the same age – late teens, early 20s,” Victoria Police Commander Tim Hansen told reporters.
Detectives locked down a city block and spent Saturday searching for clues outside the CBD building.
The crime scene stretched from the 56th floor to street level, including an alley opposite the building where forensic police spent hours looking for evidence.
Investigators dusted two cars for fingerprints, took jeans from a bin and photographed them, along with other items of clothing.
The building is a mixture of residential and short-stay apartments.
Those who live there say they are fed-up with the behaviour of temporary guests.
Investigators are reviewing CCTV from the building to piece together what happened and try to find the killer.
Police have finished questioning 12 people who were part of the two groups involved but said they did not want to release a description of the suspect at this point in the investigation.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page.