Two teenage boys released after questioning about horror stabbing of 16-year-old boy at a bus station as police share new theory about the tragedy
- A 17-year-old and 18-year-old have been released
- Both questioned as part of an investigation into the death of Pasawm Lyhym
- Lyhym, 16, stabbed to death at Sunshine Station on Thursday
A 17-year-old boy has been released pending further inquiries as homicide detectives pursue the stabbing incident of a schoolboy in western Melbourne.
Pasawm Lyhym, 16, died after being stabbed near Sunshine Station around 3:45pm on Thursday.
Police say two other boys, both 16, were injured in the altercation, with one treated at the scene and the other taken to hospital.
On Friday, a 17-year-old boy was arrested in connection with the investigation, but Victoria Police have revealed he was released without charge the following morning.
Family and friends paid tribute to 16-year-old Pasawm Lyhym after he was stabbed to death on Thursday. Image: Delivered
A second teen turned himself in Friday night after police held a press conference saying two other men had been identified as suspects.
“We are encouraging those two men to contact local police and make sure they present themselves at a police station to turn themselves in,” Detective Janet Stevenson said.
“There was a group of school kids from an area school and an aggressive group of guys were sitting there and they looked like they were there for a purpose.
“It didn’t look like an organized fight.”
The second man, 18, was released after an interview.
Superintendent Stevenson said investigators believe the incident involved two groups from two different schools
Superintendent Stevenson said investigators believe the incident involved two groups from two different schools.
“They’re school kids around 15 or 16 years old and they know each other,” she said.
“They met near the Sunshine bus station and there was an altercation.”
A Victoria Police spokeswoman said investigators continued to search for a third boy and urged him to come forward.
“Detectives are still trying to determine the exact circumstances surrounding the incident and the motivation for the altercation,” she said.
CCTV footage of a knife-wielding man running near Sunshine Station in the moments after the alleged attack was also released on Friday.
CCTV footage captured the moment when a man welding a knife made his way to the train station. Image: Delivered.
The male figure, dressed in a black coat and blue face mask, can be seen in the video footage walking down alleyways holding a large machete-like object.
Pasawm’s death has left his community reeling, with a steady stream of mourners laying tributes at the crime scene.
His brother, Mawn Lyhym, described the 16-year-old as a good and kind person.
“He was funny, very nice, a welcoming and friendly person,” Mr. Lyhym said The Herald Sun.
Pasawm’s death has left his community reeling, with a steady stream of mourners laying tributes at the crime scene
David Lord, the principal of Staughton College, where Pasawm studied, said the school community was reeling after his death.
“The Staughton College community is shocked by the senseless death of one of our students yesterday in Sunshine,” he said.
‘We put our arms around that student’s family and friends and make sure that students and staff get all the support they need.’
Anyone who witnessed or has information about the incident, or who has any mobile phone, dashcam or camera footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.