Friends pay tribute to slain Sydney teenager Adam Abu-Mahmoud

Abdul, left, said he was torn apart at learning of Adam’s death. Photo: James Alcock/Fairfax Media Ammer Osman was in court on Tuesday to see the three men charged over his friend’s death. Photo: James Alcock/Fairfax Media
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Forensic police examined several crime scenes in Panania. Photo: Nine News

Police and forensic investigators survey the scene following the death in Panania. Photo: James Alcock/Fairfax Media

Paramedics took the injured man to Liverpool Hospital, where he died. Photo: Nine News

Close friends have paid tribute to Sydney teenager Adam Abu-Mahmoud after he was stabbed to death on Monday night.

The St George TAFE student, 18, died after being involved in a fight with up to 15 men outside a convenience store at Panania in Sydney’s south west.

Soon after detectives arrested three males and charged them with murder.

Friend Abdul said he was “torn apart” after learning of Mr Mahmoud’s death.

“Just heartbreaking to see him go so quick, still young,” he said.

“Adam was just a normal, outgoing person studying hard – he had a life ahead of him.

“This is just random, out of the blue,” he said.

He said when he learned of his friend’s death, he thought it was a dream.

“I thought it was all a dream to be honest, just a massive dream, just thought it was a big dream,” he said.

He described the 18-year-old as outgoing, down to earth, friendly and a person who made “everybody happy”

“[He was] a very, very genuine bloke, a very, very nice man.”

Another friend Ammer Osman was at Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday to see the three men who had been charged with the murder of Mr Mahmoud.

“It’s tragic cause, it’s devastating to die in such a way,” Mr Osman said.

He said Mr Mahmoud was a person who loved the outdoors, playing football and going jet skiing.

“He’s a very good kid – he had a bright future ahead of him, he’s just gone too soon,” he said.

The friends say they have no idea how Mr Mahmoud ended up in a fight that got him killed.

On Monday night, detectives arrested three males, aged 17, 18 and 20, and charged them each with one count of murder.

The two older men were refused police bail and are due to appear in Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday.

A 17-year-old also was refused bail and is due to appear in Parramatta Children’s Court on Tuesday.

Homicide squad detectives and officers from the Bankstown Local Area Command set up a large crime scene at three different locations across Panania on Monday night.

One of those locations was outside the convenience store, not far from Panania train station.

Forensic officers on Tuesday morning were also continuing to examine a nearby home, including the driveway and a ute parked out the front.

Police have appealed for anyone with information about the man’s death to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. */]]>

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