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Bourke Street Tragedy: Thousands Pay Tribute To Victims At Vigil In Federation Square

'I hope I never forgot how great strangers can be. I love this city.'

23/01/2017 6:20 PM AEDT | Updated 23/01/2017 8:10 PM AEDT
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'I hope I never forgot how great strangers can be. I love this city.'

More than 2000 people have united at Federation Square to mourn the loss of five people who were killed in a rampage on Melbourne's Bourke Street last Friday.

The victims killed in the deadly rampage include a three month old baby, Thalia Hakin, 10, Jess Mudie, 22, Matthew Si, 33, and a 25-year-old Japanese man.

Emergency service workers and politicians -- including Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews -- joined the crowds, with Federal MP Kelly O'Dwyer joining many teary Australians listening to tributes.

Lord Mayer Robert Doyle and Premier Daniel Andrews addressed the crowd while Melbourne student, Henry Dow, recounted seeing a taxi driver coming to the aid of injured pedestrians after the rampage.

"I hope I never forgot how great strangers can be. I love this city," Dow told thousands on Monday evening.

Moments before the vigil, the accused killer was charged with five counts of murder, and will be remanded in custody until his next court appearance via videolink in August.

The Victorian Government has set up a fund for families affected by the tragedy, pledging an initial $100,000 and leaving the fund open for anyone wanting to make a donation.

Donations to the immediate families of the victims can be made by calling 1800 226 226 or via the website.

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