A 17-year-old boy who was on a surprise trip visiting family for Christmas has died following a brawl between two gangs.
Aguer Akech, from South Australia, was assaulted during a fight near Keilor Plains train station in Melbourne’s west around 1.30am on Sunday.
Police said in a statement after the groups met at the station, they relocated to a property on Fox Street where a verbal altercation took place.
Aguer collapsed on nearby Regan Street, while running from the other group and emergency services were called.
"This is a dispute between two groups who are known to each other that has escalated with tragic consequences," Homicide Squad detective inspector Tim Day said.
It is understood a silver Holden Commodore sedan with the SA number plate, S111 AZI, was taken from a soccer tournament at Green Gully Reserve in Keilor Downs on Saturday.
Police believe there was an altercation at the reserve during the all-day tournament.
Aguer had been visiting family in Melbourne, according to Nine News.
Chol Mariel, Chair of the South Sudanese community in Victoria told Nine News Aguer’s mother passed out when she heard the news.
"Christmas has been torn apart. It won't seem like Christmas any more," Ms Mariel said.
Police said a number of those involved in the fight were armed with “various weapons”, including knives, sticks and fence posts.
According to Victoria Police, ten people, from both parties, were arrested on the night, however they have since been released.
Police are urging anyone with information about the altercation to come forward.
“We now have a family and a community in mourning and I have no doubt there are people who were involved in the dispute or have heard accounts, who are yet to speak to police and know what happened,” Detective Inspector Tim Day, of the Homicide Squad said in a statement.
“I am asking those people to come forward and help us, especially if you have information about who has been directly involved in inflicting the fatal injuries.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.
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