Victoria Police have announced a $1million reward in the search for a suspect wanted in the death of a young man in a ‘senseless’ attack outside a Melbourne nightclub 15 years ago.
Shannon McCormack had left the Queens Bridge Hotel in Southbank with friends around 4am on Sunday May 27, 2007.
The 22-year-old’s group then got involved in a fight with another group of at least three men, about 100 yards away.
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As he stepped in to try and separate his friend from an argument with another man, McCormack was punched by a stranger.
He was knocked onto the pavement and is believed to have hit his head on the ground causing a serious head injury.
The 22-year-old’s friends and nightclub staff gave him first aid before taking him home to Eltham by taxi.
But McCormack’s condition deteriorated overnight, and his parents took him to a hospital in Austin.
Despite several surgeries over the following days, the 22-year-old died on June 3 from his injuries.
Thorough investigations have been carried out by police since his death, with investigators making several public appeals over the past 15 years.
Despite CCTV footage, released in 2013, of the man responsible for the assault that led to McCormack’s death, police have been unable to identify him.
This man is described as between 165 and 175 centimeters tall, with a fine to medium build and spiky light brown or blond hair.
At night, he wore a purple or light blue t-shirt and light blue jeans.
Police are asking anyone who recognizes the man, or the other men with him at the time, to come forward.
Victoria Police have announced a $1million reward for information that leads to the arrest and subsequent conviction of the person(s) responsible for the 22-year-old’s death.
“All we need is a name”
Detective Inspector Tony Combbridge said McCormack’s death was “absolutely senseless”.
“Shannon’s tragic and unnecessary death is an incident that is etched in the memory of many Victorians,” he said.
“It was one of the first fatalities from a punch that unfortunately became all too common in the years that followed, and I know his family campaigned tirelessly for greater awareness of the issue.
“No evening should end with a death like this; it is absolutely insane.
“Shannon was only 22 when he was fatally assaulted and had his whole life ahead of him.
“He was well-liked and popular and had a wide circle of friends.
“Unfortunately, his parents, Bill and Cheryl, never got to see the things so many people take for granted – they never got to see Shannon College, get his first job, get married, start a family. .
“All of this was taken away from them for no reason.
“The McCormack family desperately needs answers and to see those responsible held accountable.”
Combbridge said all the investigators needed to solve the case were one name.
“Over the past 15 years, it is highly likely that those involved in the night have told someone else about it, and that this information has also been passed on to others,” he said. .
“Circumstances and allegiances may have changed, and people who were previously unable to speak to the police may now be willing or able to do so.
“As always, this information may also be provided anonymously.
“In terms of the group and the people involved, there are a number of possibilities for investigators.
“It may be that they are from the Victoria area or the highway and they are visiting Melbourne, or it may be that 15 years have passed, they are Melbourne residents who have since left the city.
“All we need is a name and we still believe this case can be solved.”