Two men seen with victim shot in Sydney park: police

Police are seeking information about two men they believe were with a 24-year-old before he was shot in the face in an alleged “targeted attack” in inner-west Sydney.

The body of Nikolas Argiropoulos, 24, of Earlwood, was found with a gunshot wound to his head at Ballast Point Park, Birchgrove, about 7am on March 22.

Investigators believe he may have been shot the night before in a targeted killing. Detective Chief Inspector Pamela Young of the NSW homicide squad added that “inquiries to date suggest it may have been drug-related”.

Police were also releasing CCTV footage of the young man on Meeks Road, Marrickville on March 21 between 9pm and 10.30pm.

“[W]e know he was there in the hours prior to his death, but we are hoping someone can shed light on why he was there,” Detective Chief Inspector Pamela Young of the NSW homicide squad said in a statement.

“We would also like to find out how he travelled to Ballast Point Park, given his vehicle, an early model dark green Hyundai Lantra sedan, was located in Marrickville several days after his death.”

Two men were seen with Mr Argiropoulos – who was wearing a navy and fluorescent-yellow collared work shirt and black nylon shorts – at Ballast Point Park later that night, police said. One man was described as a 185-centimetre-tall man of Pacific Islander or Maori appearance with a muscular build, tattoos on one arm and aged between 25 and 30 years old.

Police said the other man was described as a 170- to 175-centimetre-tall stocky man aged between 25 to 30 years old with a dark complexion, short dark hair, a chubby face and tattoos on one arm.

Investigators added that they believed one of the men was smoking in the park. They were examining cigarette butts they had found there.

Detectives believe a man who was killed in a separate alleged attack by his ex-girlfriend on May 13 may have been involved in Mr Argiropoulos’s death, the Herald reported on Monday.

Mr Argiropoulos, who lived with his parents and brother in Earlwood, was buried by his family in Greece. He attended Marist Brothers high school at Kogarah and spent a year living in Greece after graduation. When he returned to Australia he worked as a waiter and also as a concreter, spending his weekends at the beach, in the gym and out in the city, the Heraldreported in May.

A friend in Sydney, Nasim, described him as a “humble, respectful kid” who “wasn’t a troublemaker”.

The Homicide Squad held a press conference at police headquarters in Parramatta at 11am.

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