December 29, 2008 - 5:42PM - theage.com.au
The family of a teenager stabbed to death at a Sydney railway station have gathered for the much-loved youth's funeral, saying they forgive his killer.
Andrew Motuliki, 17, was stabbed in the chest with a large fishing knife allegedly after a fight broke out between two groups of teenagers on a train at Campsie station, in Sydney's south-west, on December 21.
Passengers on the train tried to give the Marrickville teenager first aid but he was pronounced dead on arrival at St George Hospital.
A 16-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been charged with his murder, as well as affray and custody of a knife in a public place.
He was refused bail in Parramatta Children's Court the day after the stabbing death.
"This boy who did this to my son, I forgive you," Andrew's father Etikailahi Motuliki told the Ten Network.
"Pray to God, pray for forgiveness."
His mother, Ane Motuliki, echoed the words of forgiveness, happy for the murder-accused to be dealt with by the courts, saying: "(I) leave up to whoever (to) deal with him".
Shortly after the killing, the Motulikis made a tearful public plea for people not to carry knives.
"I would like to appeal to kids everywhere not to carry knives," Mr Motuliki said the day after his son's death.
"They need to find out another way to solve their problems."
Following Monday's funeral, family and friends gathered at the scene of the stabbing, singing and praying for Andrew who was killed on his way to church just days before Christmas.