Slain Lusitano owner took a risk in tough neighbourhood

“It wasn’t a fancy restaurant‚ it was good food‚ home-cooked meals. We went there because of him.”

Da Silva was described by his friend as a humble‚ hardworking man who loved his family unconditionally.

“I tell you‚ Robbie was a very funny guy‚ you would talk and he would come up with something that would make it funny. He was a humble oke. His wife and kids were everything to him‚” said former business partner Josè Lucas.

Lucas and Da Silva were in partnership in a bakery for over eight years. Da Silva decided to go on his own‚ and bought Lusitano in 2017 from the former owners‚ who emigrated.

Lucas said Da Silva loved music and sports. His favourite boxer was Floyd Mayweather. Da Silva also supported the English soccer team Arsenal.

“The radio would come on and a song would come on‚ I’m talking golden oldies‚ and this oke would sing. He loved ‘Red‚ Red Wine’ from UB40 and ‘Eye Of The Tiger [by Survivor]’.”

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