The senseless stabbing murder of a teenage boy who was walking to the gym with his older brother was sparked by a petty argument over a hat.
Maaka Hakiwai, 17, was walking along a quiet road in Kings Park, Melbourne with his brother Nate, 18, on Saturday when a carload of five thugs pulled up beside them.
'Two boys jumped out of the car and asked Nate for his hat. Both boys said no and a fight broke out,' a family friend told Daily Mail Australia.
Maaka was fatally stabbed in the chest while Nate suffered multiple wounds to his legs in the melee before the attackers piled into the car and fled.
Nate, who was critically injured in the random ambush and rushed to hospital for emergency surgery, woke up on Monday night to the news his 'best friend' had died.
'He cried to Karli, his mum, and said ''my best friend is gone'' because the boys did everything together,' Maaka's grandmother Yvonne Stirling told 7News.
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Maaka Hakiwai (left), 17, was walking along a quiet suburban road in Kings Park, Melbourne with brother Nate (right), 18, on Saturday when a carload of five thugs pulled up beside them
A trail of blood stretching almost 20 metres could be seen staining the footpath on Saturday
The blood-soaked footpath where the teens were attacked still shows signs of the atrocity that took place on Saturday afternoon.
The section of Main Road West has become a construction site as neighbours ponder who the killer or killers are in their midst.
'All I heard were the screams and when I ran outside I saw the boys and there was blood everywhere,' a young woman who was first on the scene said.
The woman said she had heard no commotion outside in the moments before the attack and when she went outside to investigate, no one was there but the dying men.
'Whoever it was had just vanished,' she said.
Maaka Hakiwai (right), 17, was killed and his 'best friend' brother Nate (left), 18, required multiple emergency surgeries after the pair were ambushed while walking home
Maaka (pictured) was fatally stabbed in a quiet street in Kings Park, Melbourne on Saturday
Another neighbour described the area as a cultural melting pot, with a large Samoan community.
He said he frequently walked his dog along the strip and had never encountered any trouble or noticed any gang activity.
'It's really rattled us. This is a quiet area and everyone gets along. It's upsetting,' he said.
The man said he did not want to jump to conclusions about the likely killer, but said residents were weary of African gangs who pounced on unsuspecting victims for their mobile phones.
'We know it goes on down the road in St Albans, but never out here,' he said.
The family say they can't believe the senseless murder