Christmas Day bashing victim dies after donating organs
A grandfather savagely bashed with baseball bats outside his Mooroolbark home on Christmas night has died.
Anthony Clark, 50, died at the Royal Melbourne Hospital surrounded by family on Sunday.
In his final selfless act, he donated his vital organs to those in desperate need.
His stepson, Dan Rae, told the Herald Sun his stepdad was generous to the very end.
"He donated his heart, pancreas, liver and kidneys … saving the life of one and helping the lives of four others," said Mr Rae.
"It's a big thing."
Mr Clark and his family were allegedly set upon by a pack of young males armed with baseball bats and bottles late on Christmas night.
The ambush was triggered by fireworks set off in the street and left him brain dead, with no chance of recovery.
Up to 15 males were allegedly involved in the armed assault. An 18-year-old Mooroolbark man was arrested and later released without charge.
No further arrests have taken place.
His devastated partner, Sue, kept vigil by Mr Clark's bedside in hospital, and told the Sunday Herald Sun "they have taken my man".
"My whole world has been turned upside down," Ms Clark said, before his death.
Stepdaughter Jessikah Clark said their lives would never be the same.
"We have lost the best man in our whole lives," she said. "Mum is with him in hospital just lying there and praying but he's pretty much gone.
"No one should have to die on the street on Christmas Day just for looking after his wife and kids."
Mr Clark was left unconscious in a pool of blood after he was allegedly stomped on and beaten with baseball bats on Esther Crescent shortly before 11pm.
His wife ran to his aid and she was allegedly "thrown around like a rag doll" before being knocked out in their driveway which is monitored by CCTV.
The altercation is believed to have involved up to 15 males linked to a home close to the Clark's property.
Jessika said her dad "never stood a chance" against the armed thugs.
"They knocked my mum out in the driveway straight away," she said.
"They had bats, they smashed my car. They hit me and four went my dad all at once.
"One was stomping him and now he is going to die."
Neighbours Lisa and Anthony Tallentyre phoned triple-0.
"It was very loud," Ms Tallentyre said. "There was a lot of yelling and screaming.
"He was lying on the ground, not moving and there were people yelling: 'Is he breathing? Has he got a pulse?'"
Police are investigating the attack, which was sparked after fireworks set off in the street caused a dog to start barking.
Jessikah, her brother and their partners sought retribution in the street two days later.
Each was charged with affray and bailed to appear at Ringwood Magistrates' Court on May 25.
Mr Clark had nine children and six grandchildren, including an 11-week-old girl.
Hours before the attack, he was photographed smiling as he held his granddaughter, Laylah, in the air and napping with his infant granddaughter, Aaliyah, on his lap. Laylah turned three on Friday.
"He would do anything for anyone," Jessikah said. "He loved his family. He adored my mum."
Mr Clark's body will be examined by the coroner. The police investigation continues.