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‘My heart is in agony’: Sydney mother’s tribute to daughter killed by ‘drunk driver’

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The mother of one of four children killed by an allegedly drunk driver has said her “heart is in agony” as she paid tribute to her daughter at her funeral in Sydney today.

The mother of one of four children killed by an allegedly drunk driver has said her "heart is in agony" as she paid tribute to her daughter at her funeral in Sydney today.

Bridget Sakr said daughter Veronique was a mature girl who "oozed with empathy and compassion" despite only being 11 years old.

"At such a young age, she carried such wisdom," Ms Sakr said.

"Veronique oozed with empathy and compassion.

"She was caring, funny, witty, quick, while at the same time, very forgetful and clumsy.

"My heart is in agony."

Veronique Sakr was killed in a car crash in Oatlands.

Veronique was killed on February 1 when an allegedly drunk driver hit her and three of her cousins as they walked down the street to get ice-cream in Oatlands, in the city's north-west.

Her funeral was held today at Santa Sabina College in Strathfield, where Veronique had been so excited to start Year Six just weeks ago.

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Ms Sakr said her daughter didn't like material possessions but preferred people, cooking, sitting around the dinner table with family, playing sport, and dogs.

"That's all that mattered to her," she said.

"She said to me on the day she went to heaven, 'mummy, you know I love talking to older people more than younger people.'

"I said, 'I know you do, Veronique.'"

Veronique Sakr was killed in a car crash in Oatlands.

Family members entered the service to the poignant sound of "Ava Maria", sung by a solo choirgirl.

Veronique's white coffin was carried in, adorned with a huge bouquet of pink roses.


In his homily, Monsignor Shora Maree recalled how Veronique was "bossy" but there was "much love" between her and her brother.

He said her school teachers remembered "her hugs, her smiles, her generosity".

"One of her teachers shared, at the end of the day, a hard day, they said whenever they saw Veronique, her smile and joy gave them a lift," the priest said.

He said the family were often told: "We met your daughter once, we can't forget her."

The Consul General of Lebanon and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian were among the hundreds of mourners.

In a statement released by her family earlier today, Veronique was described as a "bright spark" with a kind heart, an adoration for her friends and family.

"Veronique was wise and had a maturity and sense of self beyond her years," the statement said.

The family said the siblings had a special bond.

"When Michael was told about the tragedy he asked, 'Dad, how do I do it?'. I asked, 'Do what?'. Michael said: 'Live my life without her?'"

Her loved ones recalled how Veronique had recently visited Disneyland on a family holiday and rode the Space Mountain ride.

"How precious these memories are and how grateful we are that she was able to live these experiences," the family said.

"Her amazing eyes and smile will forever be the vision we see every time we blink or close our eyes."

The schoolgirl had aspirations to be a lawyer.

Leila Geagea (middle) and daughter (left) are seen during the funeral for her three children.

"Her thoughtful and considered contributions to our conversations often meant we had to remind ourselves we were speaking with a child; such was the delight and value of her wisdom," they said.

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"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. She will always be in our hearts."

The other three children killed the crash - Abdallah siblings Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13 - were laid to rest yesterday in a funeral service attended by 2000 mourners.

Their parents, Danny and Leila Abdallah, were also at Veronique's funeral today.

Alleged driver Samuel Davidson, 29, has been charged with manslaughter over the crash.

Mourners are seen behind the hearses after the funeral for Anthony Abdallah, 13, Angelina Abdallah, 12, and Sienna Abdallah, 8, at Our Lady of Lebanon Co-Cathedral in Sydney.

The children were riding their bikes on the path on Bettington Road when Mr Davidson's ute allegedly mounted the pavement and hit them.

He has been charged with 20 offences, including four counts of manslaughter as well as dangerous driving occasioning death, dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, negligent driving, drink-driving and other offences.

Source: 9News

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