Daughter pays tribute to ‘loving’ father killed in Brunswick stabbing

The daughter of one of the men killed in a Brunswick double stabbing has paid tribute to her father, saying he was a gentle soul, known for his bubbly personality and for putting others first.

Police are looking for the driver of a dark-coloured ute who allegedly picked up 44-year-old suspect Jasmine Everleigh. She was arrested on a tram early on Thursday morning and subsequently charged with two counts of murder.

Christine Abboud with her father, Sarkis Abboud, who died on the way to the hospital after being stabbed in Brunswick last week.

Emergency services discovered two men with fatal knife wounds at an apartment building on the corner of Breese and Hope streets on Thursday. A 59-year-old Brunswick man, Samir Esbeck, was found dead at the scene while 61-year-old Sarkis Abboud died on the way to hospital.

A woman was captured on CCTV footage, obtained by Nine, walking down nearby Sydney Road with blood on her feet. A 1.5-kilometre trail of blood could be seen through laneways and a children’s playground.

Police are appealing for help to locate a ute driver who they believe picked up Everleigh and helped her to leave the area.

Christine Abboud, the daughter of Sarkis, told The Age her father was a bubbly man, known for his loving and caring personality and putting others first.

“He was a very gentle soul at heart,” she said.

“The first thing to come to everyone’s minds when they thought of my dad was that he was a giant teddy bear. If you didn’t have food to eat, he would make sure he would give you the food off of his plate before he could eat.

“We all lost a great man, a great friend, father, brother and husband.”

A statement shared by the Saint Moura Association of Victoria and written by Moreland councillor Milad El-Halabi said Sarkis Abboud would never be forgotten.

CCTV footage showed the suspect walking the streets covered in blood.Credit:Nine

“A Brother and father and friend to many, who was loved by all and will be dearly missed but never forgotten,” El-Halab wrote on Facebook.

“Sarkis was a great public figure in the community. His presence was always felt, and on this sad day, his passing saddens us all. Sarkis is now at peace with God and is joining beloved ones and all our other angels.”

After Everleigh was arrested in Carlton, she was taken to hospital for treatment of a number of injuries and discharged late on Friday afternoon. Nine has reported that Everleigh and the 59-year-old victim, Samir Esbeck, were in a relationship.

She has been remanded and will appear in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on August 29.

Police say they are still working to establish the events leading up to the stabbings. Residents inside the building declined to comment about what happened.

Support is available from the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service at 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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