Craig Levy, Ryan Smart and Jason Colton are accused of sexually assaulting and murdering Australian Ramis Jonuzi after meeting him through an Airbnb arrangement.
According to The New York Daily News, Jonuzi was leaving the Brighton East residence (noting that he did not like the "energy" of the place) when he was attacked by the trio. Jonuzi was then allegedly sexually assaulted with an unnamed object by Colton. All three men are charged with murder.
"He was definitely experiencing some problems, and he just needed a cheap and stable place to live," said a friend of Jonuzi's.
Jonuzi had reportedly been paying $30 AUD a night to stay at the temporary residence, where he encountered but did not befriend the three men who would go on to allegedly murder him. Reviews of this particular residence were decidedly negative: "Better way to spend a night, buy a $50 hammer smash your hand with it and go to the emergency hospital," a reviewer reportedly wrote last year.
"The family will have our full support and our hearts go out to them and all of his friends," said Airbnb in a statement. "We have removed this listing from our platform and will fully cooperate with law enforcement on their investigation. There is no place on Airbnb for such an abhorrent act, which violates everything our global community stands for."
According to The Washington Post, Jonuzi had an argument with the housemates over money. When he packed up his things and prepared to leave, the three men allegedly attacked him. Jonuzi was found on the front lawn and rushed to the hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after. His cause of death has not been released.
Memorials to Jonuzi have begun pouring out on Facebook.
"Your heart was so beautiful and big, it came out in the kindness of your smile and kindness of your open heart," one friend posted.
"You certainly did think with your heart Ramis Jonuzi ... The world is a darker place now knowing we won't hear your beautiful laugh again," wrote another.