Executed Vic dad's family wants answers
The family left without a father after the "brutal execution" of fruiterer Paul Virgona on a busy Melbourne freeway say they've been handed a life sentence.
The 46-year-old small businessman was found shot dead inside his white work van on the city's Eastlink Freeway at Donvale about 2.20am on November 9.
Police expect underworld figures were involved but are baffled as to why.
Luca Virgona says his dad had an infectious charisma for life and suggestions he was involved in anything untoward are baseless.
"The tragic events that have occurred have removed an innocent and well-respected man from this earth," the 17-year-old told reporters on Wednesday.
"My greatest role model in life is now gone and we are left to pick up the pieces of our broken family. The death of my father has left us all distraught and will forever do so, as this is a life sentence."
Mr Virgona was closing his business to focus on passions such as football coaching.
His life was cut short when a Mercedes-Benz sedan followed him from his Croydon home, Detective Inspector Andrew Stamper said on Wednesday.
"This was a crime that shocked Melbourne. It was a brutal execution in a very public place. We are very keen to find out the people who committed this crime," he said.
"We have put the microscope over Paul's life and we are still perplexed as to why this has happened."
Insp Stamper said a high level of planning went into the killing.
"We are confident we are dealing with people who are obviously from an organised crime/underworld background; these are brutal people who have no concern or consideration for human life whatsoever.
"There are not many of these people around."
Police released images of a black Nike jumper with light and dark grey panels on Wednesday believed to have been left behind by the attackers.
Other undisclosed items were also found at the multiple crime scenes.
The Mercedes-Benz was driven from the ambush and later found torched in Mooroolbark, with the occupants switching to a waiting Volkswagen Amarok about 2.50am.
Twenty minutes later, police spotted and tried to stop the ute at Ferntree Gully.
Officers followed the two suspects before they dumped the vehicle in Bayswater and ran into adjacent parkland.
They searched the area and couldn't find them but picked up the Nike jumper.
Anyone with relevant CCTV or dashcam footage is urged to come forward, especially that which may contain images of vehicles carrying the registrations BE 158 (Mr Virgona's van), AZE 010 (the Mercedes-Benz sedan) and 1MC 9PG (the VW Amarok).