Pictured: Maaka (right) with his mother Karli (left)
The parents of a teenage boy who was stabbed to death while walking home have expressed their heartache over his death as they prepare to fly his body back to New Zealand for his funeral.
Maaka Hakiwai, 17, was walking along a quiet road in Kings Park in Melbourne with his brother Nate, 18, on Saturday when a carload of thugs ambushed them.
Both boys were stabbed during the melee and Maaka died as a result of his injuries.
Their mother, Karli Hakiwai, said despite Nate’s extensive injuries, he would be OK.
‘Can’t believe this has happened to my beautiful boys,’ she said in a statement on Facebook.
‘Nate is going to be okay thankfully, but my baby boy is gone.’
After the incident, a family friend told Daily Mail Australia the incident occurred because the thugs wanted to steal Nate’s hat.
Maaka (pictured) was fatally stabbed in a quiet street in Kings Park, Melbourne on Saturday
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
‘Two boys jumped out of the car and asked Nate for his hat. Both boys said no and a fight broke out,’ she said.
The family say they can’t believe the senseless murder could be the result of something so trivial.
Maaka and Nate had only been living in the neighbourhood for six weeks, as the family prepared to uproot their lives from Queensland.
Their mother Karli is so disturbed by the ‘evil’ incident she no longer wants to move to Melbourne.
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 grieving mother-of-four posted a tribute to her two boys on her Facebook page, sharing an old photo of the ‘inseparable’ teenagers together.
Relatives have travelled from interstate and overseas to comfort the Hakiwai family in hospital as they process the loss of their youngest son.
But the family are raising money on a GoFundMe appeal to take their son’s body back to New Zealand, where he spent a small part of his childhood.
The boys’ parents told Daily Mail Australia ‘Maaka and Nate were not only brothers they were best friends.’
‘They did everything together, born less than a year apart. The boys were inseparable and loved by all who knew them.
The Hakiwai family are pictured together before Maaka (left) and Nate (right) were attacked
Friends said footy-obsessed Maaka (pictured in his youth) was a ‘great mate with a big heart’
‘Both boys had immense love for their family, were devoted brothers and protectors of their two younger sisters, ‘ the couple said.
‘Maaka our baby boy, pure evil has taken you from us at 17 years young. Your brother and best mate Nate continues to fight in hospital.’
‘We love you our son, brother, grandson, nephew & our dear friend. Fly high baby boy we love you more than words can express.’
No arrests have been made, and police haven’t revealed whether they’ve got any suspects, but the family are holding out hope the attacker will be caught soon.
‘I hope they realise how broken we are as a family, and I hope their family feels the same way when they are put in jail,’ the boys’ grandmother said.
Maaka had been working as a concreter in his new city in the weeks leading up to his death.