TWO ARRESTS OVER FIGHT VICTIM’S DEATH – Wednesday January 2 2013

– The last thing David Cassai said to his Aunt Anita was not goodbye. In anticipation of their family’s next gathering this month, he said: “I’ll bring the food, you do the cooking.”

They were instead reunited, along with 15 other relatives, on Tuesday morning beside his bed at The Alfred Hospital, having been told that the doctors could do nothing to save his life.

Late Tuesday two men were arrested in connection with Mr Cassai’s death.

Homicide Squad detectives arrested a 20-year-old Kilsyth man and a 22-year-old Yarra Junction man, who were helping them with their inquiries. They were released without charge.

David Cassai, 22, from Templestowe, was staying with friends at his parents’ holiday house on the Mornington Peninsula when they were confronted by another group outside a pizza shop in Rye about 1 am on Monday, police said.

He fell and struck his head on a concrete footpath. He died from his injuries about 4 pm that day.

Anita, her husband Sandro Cassai and their children, drove all night from Adelaide, cutting short a family holiday, to see their nephew one last time.

Talking to Fairfax Media, they finished each other’s sentences in an attempt to describe him, using words such as “easy-going”, “calm”, “down to earth”, “respected” and “great kid”.

Ms Cassai chimed in: “Loved good food. He used to love going to Nonna’s house for all the home-made ravioli and lasagne.”

David had recently begun working as a landscaper having finished his apprenticeship.

He was also a fervent Collingwood supporter and played soccer.

David’s parents were shattered by their son’s death, with his father unable to speak since telling his family the news.

His two sisters, Luisa and Elisa, posted tributes on Facebook on Tuesday. Luisa described him as her superstar and idol. “Our family is so lucky to have such amazing friends’, family and strangers’ support,” she wrote.

Elisa Cassai described her brother as a kind and caring joker who brought a smile to everyone’s faces.

Detective Inspector John Potter said CCTV footage captured the brawl and clearly showed the group of five men as the aggressors.

He said police were confident they would be able to identify those responsible for the violence and urged them to turn themselves in.

Ms Cassai said she wanted to know what their motivations had been. “I would like to know why. Why do these people do it and what satisfaction do they get out of it?” – Jane Lee

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About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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