The death of 16-year-old Reservoir boy Declan Cutler has been described as “one of the most vicious and brutal attacks” police officers have seen.
Early Wednesday morning, Victoria Police announced they had charged a 17-year-old Taylors Hill boy, a 17-year-old Tarneit boy, a 15-year-old Hoppers Crossing boy, a 16-year-old Yarraville, a 14-year-old Meadow Heights boy and a 13-year-old Meadow Heights boy with murder.
A 17-year-old Clifton Hill girl was released pending further inquiries
Police allege Declan was fatally assaulted and stabbed in Coburg in the early hours of Sunday, March 13.
Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Bob Hill said many experienced police officers had described the attack “as one of the most vicious and brutal attacks they have ever investigated”.
“This was a profoundly violent criminal act,” he said.
Mr Hill said he understood Declan’s death had shocked and distressed many people in the community.
“The senseless nature of this incident should not be lost on anyone â€“ I know it has impacted our police,” he said.
“I know many will be horrified by the young age of those arrested today but let me be very clear: we will be relentless in pursuing anyone responsible for this level of violence regardless of their age.”
Following Declan’s death 10 days ago, police alleged an “incident” happened at a party in Coburg, which hours later led to the assault and death of the teen.
After the 16-year-old left the party with friends, police said the group were chased by a dark sedan with a number of people inside through Reservoir.
Declan is believed to have been separated from his friends when he was attacked at about 2.30am on March 13, police said.
Declan was treated by paramedics and police but died at the scene.
The investigation into the incident remains ongoing and police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has other information to come forward.
Two other teens were arrested over unrelated manners. A 19-year-old South Melbourne man was charged with burglary and other offences, while a 15-year-old Werribee boy was released pending further inquiries.