'Loved And Eternally Missed': Family Farewells Young Girl Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver
The family of 11-year-old Veronique Sakr, one of four children killed by an alleged drunk driver, was joined by hundreds of mourners who arrived in Sydney's west to say their goodbyes on Tuesday.
This morning the family issued a heartbreaking tribute ahead of her funeral, expressing their deep sadness.
The year six student at Santa Sabina College was remembered by her family as a "bright spark with an infectious smile... who could hold her own".
"Our beautiful girl Veronique will always be loved and eternally missed. She brought so much love and joy to our family and the world around her," her family said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
The family also described Veronique as wise and having a maturity and sense of self beyond her years.
Tiny Coffins Carried In As Family Farewell Young Siblings Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver
Three small, white coffins adorned with flowers, one blanketed in a Kobe Bryant jumper, set a heartbreaking scene for hundreds of mourners who gathered to farewell three children killed by an alleged drunk driver in Sydney.
"Our beautiful girl embraced all that life had to offer. She loved to dance, kick a ball, rock climb and endlessly swim in the pool or beach.
"She was a lover of dogs and her caring and motherly nature meant her six goldfish were adored like her own children.
"Food was a passion and she was remarkable in the kitchen from a very young age, on occasions, cooking for the entire family."
Sakr was killed after she was struck by an alleged drunk driver who police say was three times over the legal limit.
Her three cousins, Antony, 13, Angelina, 12, and Sienna, eight, also died at the crash scene in Oatlands and were farewelled in a funeral service yesterday, that was attended by hundreds of members of the community.
It's believed the group of children was getting ice cream when a 4WD ploughed into them.
The family said Sakr's dream was to become a lawyer.
"She loved and she was loved in return. Family meant everything to her. She loved her parents and brother with all her heart.
"She was a very affectionate girl and wasn’t shy to show it. Her amazing eyes and smile will forever be the vision we see every time we blink or close our eyes."
One of Sakr's former teachers said she had "a smile that lights up a room, and looking at those photos still makes me smile, despite the sadness of all this".
Hundreds of mourners gathered at Oatlands on Monday to farewell her cousins, who were carried in tiny coffins adorned with flowers, one blanketed in a Kobe Bryant jumper.
Dozens of men, dressed in black, formed a guard of honour at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral.
Alleged drunk driver Samuel Davidson is facing up to 20 charges, including four counts of manslaughter.