"It's Just Instincts": Good Samaritan Talks Of Attempts To Save Melbourne Terror Victim
A Good Samaritan has told of his attempts to save Sisto Malaspina as he lay dying on Melbourne's Bourke Street, saying he couldn't live with himself if he hadn't tried to help.
John Raygor was sitting in a restaurant waiting for a friend when Hassan Khalif Shire Ali began his attack on Bourke Street.
"We just heard a lot of noise," Raygor recounted to 10 News First reporter Rachel Cary on Saturday.
"I came out and saw him laying on the ground...And then I found myself right in the middle of it."
Shire Ali crashed a car loaded with gas bottles on Friday before fatally stabbing Sisto Malaspina -- the beloved co-owner of Melbourne's Pellegrini's Espresso Bar who had reportedly rushed to the scene in attempts to help after he saw the car alight.
As the 74-year-old lay injured on Bourke Street, police faced off with Shire Ali before shooting him in the chest, ending the ISIS-inspired attack.
A father-of-two from Iowa, U.S., Raygor was in Melbourne to visit friends he'd made while previously living in Turkey.
Upon realising the situation they had found themselves in, Raygor said he and the fellow bystanders who joined him began attempts to revive Malaspina by taking turns performing CPR, keeping their heads low amidst the panic and confusion of the situation unfolding nearby.
"I started by talking to the guy, and somebody was holding his head up with their hand and we kept taking turns doing chest compressions, CPR, and waiting," he said.
"We were waiting forever and hoping that he might make it but I think we were prepared for the worst."
As the group shared the tasks of holding up Malaspina's head and performing chest compressions, Raygor said he was the only one who spoke to him throughout it all, in a bid to keep him conscience and provide reassurance.
It's just instincts"
While Raygor said the attacker had run away from their location on the street-- somewhat removing them from immediate danger-- the group wasn't aware of what was going on.
But the decision to act despite the potential threat of the situation, he says, was instinctual.
"I cared about him," Raygor said.
"That was the reason I took the risk I did cause, he was helpless and I don't think I could live with myself if I didn't do anything. It's just instincts you know, you do what you can with what you have. And I think everyone else around me was super brave, I mean I could tell they were being brave."
Raygor said the group are now bound by the tragedy and the important role they played in it.
"One of guys came up to me and shook my hand gave me a hug, and one of the women next to me talked to me and talked about. We all acknowledged what each other had done and I think that was really important."
"And then they separated us and kind of got me, tried to get me out of shock and had me clean my hands...But yeah, it was something. I just remember being in blood, just lots of blood."
Shaken by the incident, Raygor will return home to Iowa on Sunday to be with his two young children and pregnant wife.
In Melbourne, a large floral tribute outside the cafe Malaspina became famous for continues to grow, as tributes flow in from across the city.
Described as a Melbourne icon, Malaspina was highly regarded and loved by many people in and outside the area, it's said, he introduced espresso to.
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