The 18-year-old boy "brutally" killed after a brawl erupted at a party in Sydney's southwest has been remembered as a “joker” who had a loving personality.
Police found Alex Ioane dead on the road after a fight involving up to 80 people erupted at an Ingleburn birthday party Friday night and spilled onto the street.
Mr Ioane’s friend Freda Tuese, who had gone to school with the teen, told the Daily Telegraph her mate had a caring nature.
“Alex was a joker and that’s what we loved about him,”
“He was bubbly, he was funny, he was always happy. His family are amazing.
“He was really loved.”
Ms Tuese told the news outlet she wanted justice for Mr Ioane and to see the person responsible behind bars.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, another friend Lucia Ola'aiga said the teen didn’t even want to go to the party.
She described him as “talented”, with so much ahead of him.
“Last night’s incident hits hard especially to his family and his close, close friends.
“Nothing hurts more then losing one of your own, such a quiet kid who deserved much better... I love you so much. Rest in love my darling.”
Police believe the young man was bashed to death. Those involved in the brawl brought with them weapons including a baseball bat, golf club and wooden and metal poles.
Forensic investigators were seen removing a metal pole and a golf club from a park at Chester Road.
Four men, all aged 19, were arrested at the scene and three have been released without charge. One remains in custody at Campbelltown Police Station on Saturday night.
Police are calling for witnesses to come forward.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ online reporting page.
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