Kiwi man stabbed to death outside church in Perth

Piri Phillips was stabbed in Perth on Tuesday night.

Piri Phillips was stabbed in Perth on Tuesday night.

A Kiwi man fatally stabbed outside a Perth church has been described by distraught friends and family as a "gentle and loving soul".

Former Taumarunui High School student Piri Phillips, 20, was rushed to Royal Perth Hospital with stab wounds to his back and chest after 6pm on Tuesday night, but died a short time later. 

Police have charged 37-year-old Australian man, Travis Robinson, with murder and assault.

Police cordoned off the  the crime scene in Perth.
Photo: Twitter / Graeme Powell

Police cordoned off the the crime scene in Perth.

He appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was remanded in custody to re-appear in Stirling Gardens Magistrates Court on January 25.  

Major crime squad detectives are continuing to investigate his Phillips death.

The stabbing is alleged to have occurred outside a church near the Wesley Quarter on William Street at around 6.20pm on Tuesday (Perth time).

Friends of Phillips say they tried desperately to save his life after the incident.

Tributes have begun to flow for the 20-year-old, with friends laying wreaths outside Wesley Church and others posting messages online.

"You will forever be my baby, I love you so much and I can't believe this has happened. You're in a better place now, I'll see you again soon," wrote his girlfriend on Facebook.

"I can't believe your gone, you brought so many fun memories & always there for your friends and family, I'm gonna miss you my g [sic]. Rest easy," wrote another friend.

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"My heart breaks knowing I'm not gonna [sic] see you around anymore, you looked after me in my darkest times when I was young and dumb. Fed me and gave me a place to stay, had heart of gold, you always looked out for me and everyone," said another.

- Stuff & WA Today

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