Indian-born Brisbane bus driver Manmeet Alisher, who was killed while picking up passengers at a bus stop last week, has been remembered as a hardworking and honest man dedicated to his community.
Hundreds of people packed the Brisbane Sikh temple on Monday night to commemorate the life of Mr Alisher.
The 29-year-old died last Friday after being set on fire with an accelerant at a Moorooka bus stop.
Members of Queensland’s Indian community were joined at the service by police officers as well as government and council officials.
Community elders told the service of Mr Alisher’s love for Brisbane and his friends.
“He was such an honest person, hardworking and always willing to help the community,” one of them said.
“Wherever we need, he’s there.”
The memorial featured traditional songs and prayer.
Amit Alisher, Manmeet’s brother, was among the mourners but was too emotional to speak at the service.
On his behalf, a family friend thanked the Brisbane community for their support.
Some community members called for swift justice following the brutal attack.
“We hope that justice will set an example for the Australian judicial system,” a mourner told the service.
Outside the service, friends expressed concerns the attack was racially motivated, but Queensland police have said it was a random attack and there was no apparent motive.
Anthony Mark Edward O’Donohue, 48, has been charged with the bus driver’s murder, as well as arson and 11 counts of attempted murder.
O’Donohue was remanded in custody after appearing in court at the weekend.
He is due to appear in court again next month.
Queensland’s Health Minister, Cameron Dick, has ordered an independent external investigation into the mental health treatment O’Donohue received.
The investigation will be conducted by forensic psychiatrist Professor Paul Mullen.
On Sunday, Mr Dick said O’Donohue had previously received public mental health treatment from the Metro South Hospital and Health Service.
Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk attended the service after meeting with Mr Alisher’s family.
Councillor Quirk said the bus driver would be honoured with a permanent memorial in Moorooka, developed with involvement from the local community.
He would also write to Queensland’s Attorney-General, calling for increased penalties to be introduced for assaults on bus drivers.
Cr Quirk told the service that the Brisbane City Council would also pass a special condolence motion to pay their sympathies.
“We can be thankful for the life of Manmeet, but express our deep sorrow that it was cut so short,” he said.