The teenager allegedly stabbed to death at the Easter Show is believed to be a carnival employee who was working the day of his death.
Pelesauma Faletolu, 17, was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition but later died. He’d been stabbed in the chest while working at the show.
Paramedics were called to a busy strip inside the Sydney Royal Easter Show about 8pm amid reports of a brawl.
At least two teenagers were stabbed; Faletolu and a 16-year-old boy who remains in hospital in a stable condition.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal Faletolu was an employee of the carnival and had been for at least two years.
Pelesauma Faletolu, 17, was rushed to Westmead Hospital in a critical condition but later died. He’d been stabbed in the chest while working at the show
Friends and colleagues have described him as a ‘great guy’ who always made shifts fun. Pictured with his girlfriend
He shared a video just two days ago while at work, pouting at the camera with the caption: ‘When you wish ur gf worked at the Easter Show again with u’.
Faletolu was working the Break Dance ride inside the adult section of the carnival. The ride is near a thoroughfare which is often congested and brimming with people.
Friends and colleagues have described him as a ‘great guy’ who always made shifts fun.
‘Was a blessing working with you at the show,’ one friend said.
‘He had his whole life ahead of him… This never should have happened.’
Footage circulated to social media showed two men brawling in the middle of the carnival.
The taller of the pair tried to send his knee into the other’s head as he was driven backwards before landing a series of punches in his abdomen.
The smaller man retaliated by driving him backwards into a set of garbage bins before the taller man was joined by another who also began to swing his fists.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal Faletolu was an employee of the carnival and had been for at least two years
A 15-year-old boy arrested at the scene was still being question by police on Tuesday morning
Faletolu was working the Break Dance ride inside the adult section of the carnival. The ride is near a thoroughfare which is often congested and brimming with people
A 15-year-old was arrested nearby a short time later and taken to Auburn Police Station, where he faced questioning.
No charges have yet been laid as of Tuesday morning.
‘When paramedics arrived, one of the patients was in cardiac arrest after having suffered a traumatic chest wound,’ NSW Ambulance Inspector Mark Whittaker said.
‘Paramedics performed CPR and a number of other critical interventions at the scene before loading the patient for transport to Westmead Hospital, unfortunately despite best efforts he couldn’t be resuscitated.’
Showgoers were moved out of the carnival area as officers established a crime scene.
A17-year-old boy has tragically died after being fatally stabbed in the chest at the Sydney Royal Easter Show on Monday night (pictured, paramedics at the scene)
Confused show-goers were seen filing out of the Sydney Showground on Monday night as dozens of police officers cordoned off sections of the venue to continue investigations
Police and paramedics were called to the Easter Show just after 8pm on Monday, with riot squad vehicles also pictured at the scene
The Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales released a statement shortly thereafter confirming the adult carnival would be closed on Tuesday.
‘The RAS confirmed all other aspects of the show will remain open on Tuesday.
‘The RAS does not tolerate or condone any violence or anti-social behaviour and we join with NSW Police and the wider community in condemning this appalling behaviour and unnecessary loss of life.’
Any ticketholders who no longer want to attend the carnival are entitled to a full refund.
Tens of thousands of revellers flock to the showground every year to enjoy spine-tingling rides, wood-chopping, the animals, and the famous showbags.
Tens of thousands of keen attendees made the most of the hot weather and descended on the Sydney Showground for some family fun
However, in recent years the annual event has become the back drop for scenes of violence.
The fatal stabbing comes after the 2021 Easter Show saw an all-out brawl erupt among terrified families with two people stabbed in the chaos.
An 18-year-old boy was treated for lacerations to his shin while a 17-year-old boy was treated for lacerations to his lower legs, luckily neither injury proving fatal.
There were also reports of gangs of youths wreaking havoc on the final night of Sydney’s Royal Easter Show last year.
Dozens of teenagers were filmed by onlookers running away from cops in a series of confronting videos uploaded to TikTok.
In another shocking video, a group of at least 20 men were seen brawling on the middle of the promenade inside the showground.
The annual show is held for around two weeks over the Easter period and was first held in 1823. Pictured is show-goers enjoying a carnival ride on Monday
A third video taken by a bystander showed an officer from Auburn Police Area Command pointing his pepper spray at a group of out of control youths.
The fatal brawl comes just hours after the Easter Show was thrust into the spotlight after a four-year-old autistic boy was left unrestrained on a popular kids’ ride.
Tristan Curtis was on the ‘Free Fall’ ride on Sunday afternoon when horrified onlookers rushed to alert operators that his restraint had not locked into place.
Photos circulated online show Tristan on the ride with the restraint – which should be locked downward before the ride begins – still open above his head. Other children sitting next to him all had their restraints firmly secured.
The adult carnival section of the Royal Easter Show will be off limits to visitors on Tuesday
Despite the hot weather and overall cheer, just hours later the showground would become the back drop of a fatal stabbing