A heartbroken father has paid tribute to his “go-getting, hard working” son after he was randomly stabbed to death outside a Melbourne train station.
Cam Smith, 26, was found by police near Seaford train station just before 7pm on Wednesday.
Paramedics worked frantically to try and revive the young man, but he died at the scene.
Smith’s father said he was a gifted athlete with a heart of gold who was “like a little brother” to his employer.
“He was 26 … he had everything to live for,” he told 3AW.
“He was a go-getter, hard worker. He had a heart of gold, he would help anyone, anytime. He was a fantastic kid.
“He was just a great young man. He was a carpenter.
“I had to ring his boss last night and he was devastated. He was devastated because he looked upon him as his little brother.”
He said he didn’t know how this year could get any worse, but now he understands the pain that victims of crime’s families feel.
The devastated father said his son’s girlfriend was “absolutely distraught”.
‘He had everything to live for.’
7NEWS understands a group of women had hurled expletives at Smith’s girlfriend, sparking the alleged altercation.
“I look at this year and think it couldn’t get any worse, but to find that out last night it really hit home,” he said.
“You hear stories of people losing their loved ones to crimes and lives taken and you feel sorry for them and your life goes on.
“You don’t really know what the family is going through … now I do.”
Police cracking down
Police are still trying to piece together exactly what led to Smith’s death, but Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said the alleged offenders would be found.
He said officers had CCTV of the incident and would be using it to track down the accused killers.
“We will identify these offenders, there’s no doubt about that,” he told 3AW.
“They’d be better off coming forward and handing themselves in because it won’t take us long to scoop them up.”
It’s understood officers are searching for three men and a woman over the attack.
Anyone with information about the incident is being urged to contact Victoria Police.