Published: Wed, November 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Melbourne cafe owner identified as victim of Bourke Street terror attack

Melbourne cafe owner identified as victim of Bourke Street terror attack

The stool at the bar where the 74-year-old would sit is empty.

Mr Dutton says the government's community engagement programs have provided critical intelligence that has helped stop other attacks, but that there were still gaps in information.

Malaspina was the co-owner of Pellegrini's Espresso Bar, which opened on Bourke Street 60 years ago and is credited with helping to kickstart Melbourne's cafe culture.

The incident left two people dead after 30-year-old Hassan Khalif Shire Ali, a Somali refugee, drove a vehicle full of gas bottles into the entrance of the mall and set it on fire.

He said WA had a good capability to respond to any local attacks and frontline officers were trained to respond to so-called active shooter Incidents. "To us he was just a attractive man, a loving husband and a doting father", the family said in a statement.

"Like when the needles in the strawberries was happening, he would give people a discount on their coffees if they showed us they bought strawberries that day".

Early voting is now under way for the November 24 poll and Premier Daniel Andrews has said he is not concerned about the impact of Friday's attack on how Victorians vote. We are deeply moved by all the flowers, gifts and condolences.

VideoThe national terror threat level remains at probable following the attack on Bourke Street in Melbourne on Friday.

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Family members and loved ones declined to comment.

"He was actually talking about going back to work tonight [last night], and I told him not to".

In a statement released this afternoon, Pellegrini's staff announced they will be "serving long blacks for free" in memory of Mr Malaspina - "it was Sisto's favourite" - tomorrow.

Soon after Mr Malaspina's death, staff placed a note in the restaurant window, describing him as the "best boss".

"If they know somebody within the family unit, within the workplace, that they see a change in behaviour that they believe may be radicalised or about to act out, we need that information". "We hardly had a cross word in the whole time we worked together".

"To the people of Melbourne, your heartfelt tributes have shown us why our dad loved this great city so much".

"Pellegrini was your life, we will never forget all that you have done and given us".

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