Heartbroken friend reveals the last tragic conversation she had with 16-year-old boy before he was stabbed to death in Brisbane city
- Yannis Leulusoo was allegedly knifed in the stomach by a man he knew at 8pm
- He staggered 200m before he collapsed in a pool of his own blood and died
- Devastated friends have remembered the 16-year-old as ‘the life of the party’
- Police say he may have been knifed during a clash with opposing gangs
A 16-year-old boy who was stabbed to death in Brisbane CBD has been identified, as his devastated friends remember him as ‘the life of the party’.
Yannis Leulusoo was allegedly knifed in the stomach by a man he knew while walking on Emma Miller Place, near Roma Street Station, about 8pm on Thursday.
He staggered about 200 metres to King George Square, before he collapsed in a pool of his own blood and died.
A teenage girl said Mr Leulusoo was ‘like a brother’ to her, and revealed they made plans to go to the movies together two days before his stabbing murder.
Pictured: Yannis Leulusoo, 16, who was stabbed in the stomach in Brisbane on Thursday evening
‘We had plans to go out to the movies next week and I wake up to see this all over my Facebook and messages,’ she told The Courier-Mail.
‘It’s just really hard for me to take it all in, but my sisters told me that brother’s gonna be okay and he’s in a better place now.’
The girl, who did not want to be identified, described him as ‘one of the strongest boys I’ve ever met’ who always looked out for her.
‘He will forever be loved! And I know that for a fact,’ she added.
Yannis Leulusoo (pictured) staggered about 200 metres to King George Square, before he collapsed in a pool of his own blood
Pictured: Police at the scene where 16-year-old Yannis Leulusoo was stabbed by an armed attacker
Heartbroken friends and family have left tributes to the teenager on social media.
‘You may rest in love and peace dear cous,’ one woman wrote.
‘So hard to believe you’re gone, Yannis. RIL champ,’ another shared, with a series of crying and heart emojis.
The alleged knifeman was seen running towards the nearby Roma Street Parklands, and he is still on the loose.
Police believe he and Mr Leulusoo had a calm conversation at Queen Street mall at about 7.30pm (pictured: Emma Miller Place, where the stabbing happened)
Police believe he and Mr Leulusoo had a calm conversation at Queen Street mall at about 7.30pm – half an hour before the stabbing.
Detective Inspector Tony Fleming said there was no tension or violence during that conversation, prompting officers to focus on what happened in those 30 minutes.
‘I expect the young man who died had no reason to expect that this was going to unfold,’ Detective Fleming said.
He also said police had not yet identified everyone who was in the area on Thursday night, but there is a possibility that the males may have been part of two opposing gangs.
Pictured: King George Square, where Mr Leulusoo collapsed in a pool of his own blood and died
Detective Fleming urged anyone in the groups to ‘stay calm’.
‘Retaliatory action is not going to benefit anyone, everyone loses out of that,’ He stressed.
‘The primary focus here is on the homicide investigation but if there’s going to be ongoing tension, that’s a key area of focus for us.’
He urged anyone with information to contact police.