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Two more charged over deadly Brisbane brawl that left South Sudanese community in shock

The scene of a fatal stabbing and brawl at, O'Callaghan Park in Zillmere, Brisbane. Source: AAP

Twelve people have now been charged with the murder of teenager Girum Mekonnen, who died during a fight between two groups of African youths in Brisbane.

Two men have faced court charged over the death of a teenager during a violent attack in Brisbane on Sunday night, after 10 appeared on the same charge yesterday.

Twelve people have now been charged with the murder of 19-year old Girum Mekonnen, who died after he was allegedly beaten up and stabbed by two groups of about 20 African youths with bats and knives at playing fields in Zillmere.

Some of the victims were knifed in their torso, pelvis, head and face.

Ten other people were injured in the attack while three people remain in hospital, one in a serious condition.

Abraham Yak and Ben Abio had their cases mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday.

Majok Riel Majok, Kresta Wal Wal, Anas Ayman Abdu Musa, Gabreal Wal Wal, Santo Wal, Juma Makuol Deng Makuol, Alex Edward Deng, Yohana Wal Wal, Joseph Lokolong and Chan Kon were all mentioned in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The 12 accused face a total of 158 further charges, including affray and grievous bodily harm.

All have been remanded in custody with no applications for bail and the cases will return to court on 16 November.

South Sudanese community leader Beny Aterdit Bol said his community is not unique in struggling to engage young people.
South Sudanese community leader Beny Aterdit Bol said his community is not unique in struggling to engage young people.
SBS News: Stefan Armbruster

Beny Aterdit Bol, president of the Queensland African Communities Council, earlier told SBS News the South Sudanese community was left distraught by the “unexpected, very tragic incident".

The community is so shocked, it's very upset,” Mr Bol said.

“A young person lost his life, a young person who had a bright future.”

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