Hundreds gather to farewell crash victims


Streets are closed around the Our Lady of Lebanon church in Harris Park this morning as Christian hymns ring out over the PA system.

The crowd is so big it’s spilling out onto the street. Jenny Morrison and community leaders are among those paying their respects this morning.

The coffins of Anthony, 13, Angelina, 12 and eight-year-old Sienna Abdallah are seen arriving for their funeral at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral. Picture: Danny Casey/AAPSource:AAP

The priest said the siblings’ parents Daniel and Leila wanted this morning to be a celebration of the lives of Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, 9, through religious ceremony and prayer.

He said the three children were taken from the world at a “tender age”.

Sienna Abdallah, 8, was killed in the crash. Picture: Supplied/Daniel Abdallah

Sienna Abdallah, 8, was killed in the crash. Picture: Supplied/Daniel AbdallahSource:Supplied

Angelina Abdallah, 12, was also killed. Picture: Supplied/Daniel Abdallah

Angelina Abdallah, 12, was also killed. Picture: Supplied/Daniel AbdallahSource:Supplied

Antony Abdallah, 13, was the oldest of the four victims. Picture: Supplied/Daniel Abdallah

Antony Abdallah, 13, was the oldest of the four victims. Picture: Supplied/Daniel AbdallahSource:Supplied

Veronique Sakr was also killed.

Veronique Sakr was also killed.Source:Supplied

The tragic incident occurred when an alleged drunk driver ran into the group of children as they were walking together to get ice cream in Oatlands.

Samuel William Davidson, 29, was allegedly three times the legal blood alcohol limit when he drove into the children.

He’s been charged with 20 offences including four counts of manslaughter and is due to next appear in court in April.

Danny and Leila Abdallah, the parents of Antony, Angelina and Sienna, recently revealed the “heart-wrenching sorrow” they have felt since the tragedy.

In a statement to 7 News, the parents said completely encapsulating the pain they were feeling would require “endless words of despair”.

The parents of the Abdallah children said they forgive the driver who’s alleged to have killed their children. Picture John Grainger John Grainger

The parents of the Abdallah children said they forgive the driver who’s alleged to have killed their children. Picture John Grainger John GraingerSource:News Corp Australia

“Our children are our reason for living. Bringing them up in accordance with the ways of God, teaching them to love, affording them every opportunity and nurturing them into positive and impacting young men and women was, and is our life’s purpose,” they said.

“What is life without your children? How and where do we begin to pick up the pieces so that we may be effective parents to our three remaining angels?

“We start with forgiveness.”

In their statement the grieving parents say they have made the decision to forgive Mr Davidson, stating that his “actions will be met before the earthly and heavenly judge”.

More to come.



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