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EastLink victim remembered as a ‘quiet family guy’: Killers on the run

Mr Virgona is believed to run a fruit and vegetable wholesale business and was recently appointed as coach of the Croydon Football and Netball Club’s Under 19 team for the 2020 season.

He was previously a development coach with the Eastern Ranges in the NAB League and an assistant coach at Knox Football Club.

Croydon Football Club president Anthony Thompson told The Age Mr Virgona “seemed like a quiet family guy.”

“I’d only met him a couple of times because he was only new to the club but he’d been down to meet the players,” Mr Thompson said.

“We’re all quite shocked. He had a couple of kids. It’s really quite sad.”

A spokesman from the Knox Football Club said it had been rocked by the news.

“We are all in shock at the moment,” he said.

Shortly after emergency services were called to attend the van on EastLink, police responded to reports of a burnt-out sedan that had been dumped at Mooroolbark, about 2.40am, and a ute found abandoned in the middle of the Mountain Highway near Scoresby Road at Bayswater, about 3.30am.

Detective acting Inspector Peter Trichias said early indications suggested that those involved in the shooting may have dumped a ute in Bayswater and fled on foot through a nearby reserve.

He said there was no information to suggest the shooting was an act of retaliation and police were still searching for the weapon involved.

He said everything was being done to identify those responsible.

A ute is seen on the Mountain Highway in Bayswater.

A ute is seen on the Mountain Highway in Bayswater.Credit:AAP

“The shooting itself does not appear to be random. It appears to be a targeted attack … and the investigators are progressing a number of inquiries,” he said.

“I can tell you that there is likely to be more than one person involved.”

Acting Inspector Trichias said police are appealing for anyone who saw anything unusual around the Mountain Highway, Scoresby Road location in Bayswater about 3.30am.

Police conduct a line search at Dandenong Creek in Bayswater on Saturday, after a man was found dead in a van on the EastLink Freeway

Police conduct a line search at Dandenong Creek in Bayswater on Saturday, after a man was found dead in a van on the EastLink FreewayCredit:AAP

A section of EastLink was closed for more than nine hours on Saturday as investigators tried to piece together whether the man was shot while driving or in a nearby suburb.

VicRoads could not confirm if they had supplied CCTV footage to police to assist in their investigation.

State Emergency Service personnel were also called in to preserve the three suspected crime scenes, with tents erected and large areas cordoned off. More than 20 police scoured nearby streets and parkland for clues.

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