Tributes Pour In For Bourke Street Attack Victim Sisto Malaspina

William West  AFP  Getty Images Sisto Malaspina at Pellegrini’s Expresso Bar in 2010

William West AFP Getty Images Sisto Malaspina at Pellegrini’s Expresso Bar in 2010

Melbourne's renowned Pellegrini's restaurant has temporarily become a memorial site in the wake of Sisto Malaspina's Bourke Street murder.

"Dad was a larger than life character and his natural generosity made every individual he met feel welcome and important".

"He was a distinctly recognisable figure in his colourful choice of clothing and his flamboyant personality. To us he was just a attractive man, a loving husband and a doting father".

"To him everyone was special". He didn't realise at the time that that's who it was, but the next day when he found out he was shocked, because obviously, he has been in there, he has talked to him and he is a lovely, lovely guy ... because he was such a loved member of the community, it definitely makes it harder.

"Sisto Malaspina was a Victorian icon, known and loved by us all", Mr Andrews tweeted.

Andrews offered the family a state funeral following the devastating tragedy and released a statement at the time, saying: "On behalf of the Victorian Government, I offer my honest condolences to Mr Malaspina's beloved family and friends".

Desperate efforts were made at scene to save Mr Malaspina by emergency workers, according to Markel Villasin, who worked at a KFC on Bourke Street, but he died at the scene.

Mr Malaspina was stabbed to death by lone terrorist Hassan Khalif Shire Ali on Friday evening after the Islamic State -inspired assailant failed to set off an explosion in Melbourne's CBD.

In a statement the family has thanked everyone who has paid their respects and shown their love and support.

On Saturday staff and customers erected a floral tribute to Malaspina outside of Pellegrini's.

"I'm like most Melburnians, I've been going to Pellegrini's on and off for decades", he later told reporters.

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

"Through Pellegrini's, our late friend, boss and partner Sisto Malaspina, will always be part of Melbourne as Melbourne will always be part of us".

Meanwhile more than Aus$50 000 (US$36 000) has been raised on GoFundMe for a bystander dubbed "trolley man", who was hailed as a hero for trying to stop Shire Ali by knocking him over with a shopping cart.

"A nicer bloke you wouldn't meet", he said.

"Bearing in mind, the whole episode hasn't really sunk in with us yet, with the family", he said.

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