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The family of Sisto Malaspina release statement following his death

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The family of Sisto Malaspina has released a statement following his death on Friday.

They say they are “deeply moved” by the reaction to his passing, accepting the Premier’s offer for a state funeral.

Mr Malaspina was fatally injured in the Bourke Street attack.

“We would like to thank Dad’s friends, customers, and all the wonderful people that have come forward to pay their respects and show their love and support,” the family said.

“We are deeply moved by all the flowers, gifts and condolences.

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

“To the emergency services personnel; our gratitude and appreciation for all your hard work and efforts.

“Especially the first responders and police that put themselves in harm’s way to protect others, your bravery and heroism is a representation of the strength and solidarity of our community.

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

“Each customer of Dad’s was given the same respect and service regardless of their standing in society.

“To him everyone was special. His love and passion for his customers remained the same for over 40 years.

“To him it was a joy to go to work every day.

“In honour of Dad’s memory the wonderful staff at Pellegrinis are determined to continue his legacy with the same passion.

“He was a distinctly recognizable figure in his colourful choice of clothing and his flamboyant personality. To us he was just a beautiful man, a loving husband and a doting father.”

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