Teen charged with murder over basketball stadium stabbing

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with murder over the fatal stabbing of another teenager at a basketball stadium in Melbourne’s west.

Bless Mulukwat Akoch, 17, was allegedly attacked just before 6pm inside Eagle Stadium in Werribee on Friday and was rushed to hospital, where he later died.

Bless Mulukwat Akoch was attacked just before 6pm inside Eagle Stadium in Werribee.

A 15-year-old was arrested in connection with the stabbing but released on Saturday without charge.

He was arrested again in Wyndham Vale by homicide squad detectives and will appear in court on Tuesday afternoon.

A friend of Mr Akoch, Epz Solomona, published a tribute for his slain friend, saying Mr Akoch had “taught [him] everything, the good, the bad, the ugly”.

“Since the beginning you embraced me,” the tribute reads, “we have a love-hate relationship but you helped me make me who I am today”.

“Before I signed any contract ever in my life, I signed myself to you. The streets and I promise too [sic] represent you forever.”

Mr Akoch, known affectionately as “D’Roy” among friends, was a year 12 student at Good News Lutheran College in Tarneit in Melbourne’s west.

Friend Gladys Taban, who called Mr Akoch “a diligent young man” began a GoFundMe for the bereaved family to cover funeral expenses.

“Bless was a diligent young man, who took pride in his education and was determined to graduate from Good News Lutheran College this year,” Ms Taban wrote.

A school photo of slain teenager Bless Mulukwat Akoch.

“It is highly unfortunate that he was taken away from this world so soon, as he was barely able to celebrate his 18th birthday.”

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