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Devastated families speak out about their loved ones lost in horrifying Bourke St massacre

Tributes pour in after Friday's attack.
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The families of those who lost their lives in the tragic events in Melbourne’s CBD have spoken out about their loved ones.

Five people were killed, and another 26 injured when a sedan plowed through the busy Bourke St mall on Friday.

Among the victims who died were Matthew Si, 33, Jess Mudie, 22, and 10-year-old Thalia Hakin.  A three-month-old baby also died in hospital from injuries, and an un-named 25-year-old man also lost his life.

Thalia’s mother, Nathalie, and her sister Maggie, 9, were also injured in the crash and are recovering in hospital.

The two girls learned martial arts together, and a crowd-funding page was set up by their teacher Avi who shared his pain:

‘They were always happy and bubbly and I am heartbroken to know that they have been torn apart in this most senseless and horrific way,’ he posted on the page.

Jess Mudie, a insurance consultant from Sydney, was visiting Melbourne for work. In a statement Jess’s family describe her as the ‘most badass daughter and sister.’

Her boss, Scott Leney said her colleagues were in shock at the news of her death.

‘Although with us for just under a year, she had already won the admiration and friendship of those she worked with and had a bright future ahead of her,’ he told Daily Telegraph.

Matthew Si had left his office to meet his wife, Melinda, for lunch, and was just kissing her goodbye when the devastating incident occurred.

She describes him as a loving father, brother, and son. In a statement she thanked everyone who had tried to help her husband, and asked for privacy for the rest of their family.

Matthew Si had left his office to meet his wife, Melinda, for lunch, and was just kissing her goodbye when the devastating incident occurred.

She describes him as a loving father, brother, and son. In a statement she thanked everyone who had tried to help her husband, and asked for privacy for the rest of their family.

Bourke and Elizabeth Street tributes
An outpouring of love and tributes in Melbourne in the wake of the attack. (Credit: Getty)

The driver of the car was shot by police before being arrested. He is recovering from injuries in hospital under police guard.

Tributes of flowers, cards, notes, and gifts have been left at Bourke St in commemoration of the victims in an attack which has left the country shaken.

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