News

Pain remains 30 years after Vic massacre

by
December 08, 2017

A wreath will be laid at the former Melbourne GPO, the scene of a mass shooting 30 years ago.

Melbourne will pay tribute to the victims of the Queen Street massacre, 30 years after the shooting claimed eight lives.

A wreath will be laid on Friday morning at the now-H&M building, formerly the Melbourne GPO, on the corner of Queen and Bourke streets where failed law student Frank Vitkovic, shot dead eight people then plunged 11 floors to his death.

Vitkovic entered the Australia Post building just after 4pm on December 8, 1987, intent on killing former schoolmate Con Margelis.

He made his way to the fifth floor, pulled his shotgun from under his jacket and fired at Margelis.

But the weapon misfired and as Margelis escaped - warning colleagues as he fled - Vitkovic opened fire indiscriminately.

Judith Morris, Nancy Vignone, Rodney Brown, Catherine Dowling, Julie McBean, Michael McGuire, Marianne Van Ewyk and David Spencer were all killed.

The massacre came just four months after Julian Knight shot dead seven people in Hoddle Street, only five kilometres away at Clifton Hill.

Friday's wreath-laying will be followed by a public memorial service at St Michael's Church.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

Multicultural Mental Health Australia www.mmha.org.au.

Local Aboriginal Medical Service details available from www.bettertoknow.org.au/AMS

By
More in National
Login Sign Up

Dummy text