Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas, the 26-year-old accused of mowing down pedestrians with his car in Melbourne’s Bourke Street, allegedly stabbed his brother earlier that day in what family have called a homophobic attack.
Jimmy (pictured, left) is alleged to have stabbed his younger brother Angelo (pictured, right), after a violent argument erupted about his brother’s sexuality at their mother’s house, his family told Seven News.
Angelo’s mother Emily told Seven News that she witnessed the alleged altercation and spoke of her shame and horror.
“Jimmy keeps saying to me, ‘I’m going to kill all gays and poofters and lesbians,’” Ms Gargasoulas said.
“I feel so ashamed and bad, you know. I don’t want to be known that I’m the mother.”
Fairfax Media reported the alleged attack left Angelo in hospital fighting for life.
Giuseppe, a friend of Angelo’s who didn’t give his surname, described his friend to Fairfax Media as “outgoing, funny and generous” and said Jimmy had refused to accept his brother’s sexuality.
“Jimmy never accepted gay people, he was very homophobic person,” he said.
Friends have paid tribute to Angelo in posts on Facebook, with one friend writing: “Praying for you brother hoping you can pull through this mate. Was only a couple weeks ago when I saw your face last and you where happy as Larry. Now today your fighting for your life. Life can be so cruel.”
Another wrote: “I can’t believe something like that would happen to someone as sweet as you… I’ll keep you and everyone who’s involved in my prayers. Recover & get well soon.”
Five people were killed in the horrific CBD attack on Friday, with more than 30 others injured and four still in critical condition, according to reports.
Thousands of people attended a public vigil for the victims of the attack that was held on Monday evening in Federation Square.
The Victorian Government has set up a donation fund to support the families affected by the attack.