Uati “Pele” Faletolu was knifed in the chest last Monday, while on break from his job working one of the rides. Police believe the public confrontation was planned.
NSW Police Homicide Squad Commander Danny Doherty said today investigators have combed through “hours and hours” of video footage since the attack, but have been unable to identify the person or people responsible.
“We can see that there are a significant number of people have their phones up filming this incident, not exactly the murder but at least the brawl straight after,” Detective Superintendent Doherty said.
“They may have this image now on their phone and unknowingly recorded who is responsible and have not come forward.
“We are appealing for information not only from people who were present and may have seen something unusual, but who may have actual footage that may be incredibly vital to solving who was responsible for this murder of young Pele.”
He said police are still working to understand the motive and “trying to keep an open mind” but believe the killing was sparked by a confrontation between two groups.
Detective Superintendent Doherty also said some people police believe witnessed the stabbing and altercation have not been forthcoming with information that could help the investigation.
“There has been a lack of cooperation (and) assistance… whether that is through misguided loyalty or through whatever reason, but that doesn’t help us,” he said.
“That’s disappointing and it’s frustrating.
“And I’m sure it’s frustrating for the family… There is a funeral happening on Friday and no one is helping or talking to police.”
A 15-year-old boy was arrested at the scene and charged over his involvement with the brawl, but NSW Police do not believe he was responsible for the stabbing.
“Uati was a happy, outgoing young man with a loving heart,” Jasika Faletolu posted on social media on behalf of the family.
“He was a loyal friend, a caring brother, and a selfless son and partner.
“Even with the tragic circumstances surrounding Uati’s passing, we as a family do not want Uati remembered as a victim but to use this time to honour and celebrate the beautiful person that he was.”
His family are waiting for his body to be returned as investigations continue.