A 19-year-old man stabbed to death in Melbourne’s south-east on Tuesday has been identified as David Price from Claremont in New South Wales.

Lawrence Fitzgerald, 28, stabbed Price at an address in Brunswick South, while at a discussion with the deceased on Facebook, said.

It is understood Fitzgerald, who was dating Price’s girlfriend, worked for the City of Brunswick.

The stabbing occurred just hours after the city’s Mayor and community minister urged Asian and white Melbourne to come together in the face of racism.

Former police assistant commissioner Rod Sims said police remained on heightened alert against hate crime against people of colour.

Police were called to Fitzgerald’s address just after 4:00pm after reports a male had been stabbed.

“About when the commotion started we were about to enter the fire,” Detective Sergeant Stephen Taylor said.

“The person inside the house is probably on the phone saying she’s been attacked, stabbed and her partner is panicking and rushing to get the woman to a hospital.”

“There’s a lot of tragedy out there. Obviously with the racial element to it we’re not going to get it right away.

“We want to have the community come together and police are responding to those calls.”

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