Between a guard of honor formed by hundreds of school children, a brave young boy led a marching band for hearse with his sister’s coffin.
Michael Sakr, 13, choked to tears as he pulled off his schoolblower at the end of his sister Veronique’s funeral on Tuesday and picked up a drum to join his bandmates.
He then led the band along a street full of grieving people who paid tribute to Veronique, whose life was brutally torn away in a “driving under the influence” accident in Oatlands, on February 1.
Earlier in the funeral service, held at Santa Sabina College in Strathfield, where Veronique had just started in year 6, mourning heard how Michael, when he heard of the tragic accident, asked, “Daddy, how am I doing?”
His father answered: “Do what?” Michael said: “Am I living my life without her?”
A brave Michael supported his mother Bridget in the school chapel for the funeral service where mourners heard how the brothers and sisters shared a ‘beautiful and unparalleled’ bond.
Michael Sakr, 13, leads a marching band for the hearse carrying the coffin of his sister Veronique, while hundreds of school children and mourners walked down the street in a guard of honor
Michael, 13, choked in tears as he led the band through the guard of honor and respected his sister Veronique
Bridget Sakr (in blue dress) is supported by Danny and Leila Abdallah (end left and right) whose three children were killed in the same accident in Oatlands, in northwest Sydney
Veronique Sakr, 11, died alongside her three cousins when they were hit by a reportedly drunk and fast-driving driver in Oatlands, Sydney, on February 1
The white coffin of Veronique Sakr is brought into the chapel for her funeral on Tuesday
Veronique and her cousins Antony (12), Angelina (11) and Sienna Abdallah (9) died when they were hit on February 1 by an accused drunk driver in Oatlands, in north-west Sydney.
With tears, Mrs. Sakr told mourners that her “heart suffers from pain,” but she is reassured knowing that her Veronique is now in heaven with “the angels and saints.”
“Our Veronique is now with you, with our father and all our angels and saints.”
Mrs. Sakr revealed the last conversation they shared the day when Veronique was murdered.
“She said to me the day she went to heaven,” Mama, you know I like to talk to older people and younger people, “she said.
A day after Monsignor Shora Maree spoke glowingly about the Abdallah children, grieving mourners told how a meeting with Veronique was just ‘unforgettable’.
“Her teachers said that at the end of a long day, when they saw Veronique, her smile lifted them,” Mons Shora said.
“The family said there was contact with people who said,” I met your daughter once and I can’t forget her. “
Leila and Danny Abdallah, whose three children died in the same accident, bravely arrive at Veronique’s funeral. Their own children were well-off on Monday
The hundreds of people heard how despite her age she had already agreed to take care of her parents in her later life.
“Bridget, you said Veronique because of the way she saw you take care of your parents:” I’ll take care of you, Mommy when you get old.
Her older brother Michael laughed when the chapel was told how Veronique has always been a ‘bossy’ sister.
“She was bossy to you as a brother, well how will she be with Jesus?” Monsignor Shora was joking.
The congregation also heard how Veronique’s parents Bob and Bridget promised to forgive the alleged drunk driver Samuel William Davidson.
In a statement issued before the funeral, the Sakr family said that Veronique had “an incredible sense of compassion and empathy for others.”
“She always opened her kind heart to anyone who needed a friend,” her parents said.
“Our beautiful girl embraced everything that life had to offer. She loved dancing, kicking, rock climbing and endless swimming in the pool or on the beach. ”
“Veronique will always be loved and will be missed forever. She was an angel on earth and is now in heaven, “the parents said.
Pink flowers adorn the top of the white Veronique coffin
Hundreds of mourners go to the chapel of the Santa Sabina School for the funeral
Bridget Sakr with her children Michael and Veronique, 11, on a photo she posted during Christmas
In the aftermath of the tragedy, the families of the four children have promised to set up a road safety charity organization in their honor.
Danny and Leila Abdallah – whose three children said goodbye on Monday – and the Sakr family made the announcement on Tuesday.
“We are planning to set up a charity foundation to honor the memories of Veronique, Antony, Angelina and Sienna,” the families said.
“(It will be) to improve road safety programs and initiatives across Australia.”
Micheal Sakr, 13, holds the hand of his mother Bridget for support while visiting the scene of the tragedy where Veronique, 11, was murdered along with her three cousins
Veronique’s father Bob and brother Michael hug each other while visiting the scene of the accident
The Veronique family said in the statement issued Sunday that they were “destroyed” by the loss of “our beautiful girl” in the horrific crash
Chehade Sakr posted this photo as he wrote about the shock of losing his youngest cousin at the age of only 11, and his heartache that his own son would not grow up with her
The Abdallah family in particular has been burdened with being the public face of the disaster, often visiting the crash site and making countless public statements.
Leila Abdallah made the extraordinary act of forgiving the driver who allegedly killed the four children and injured three others.
Veronique’s parents promised to do the same.
Mrs. Abdallah was praised by Monsignor Shora Maree during her funeral for three children on Monday, as did her husband Danny for the love and power they showed in grief.
“Leila, you said the words of forgiveness that amazed the world. That is not from something human, it is from the divine, “he said.
‘Wow. What an inspiration for us all. We have seen the renewal of faith for many. ”
Thousands of mourners packed in the co-cathedral of Our Lady of Lebanon to say goodbye to the three young Abdallah children
Leila Abdallah comforts her sorrowful daughter Leanna while her husband Danny shakes a grieving hand during the funeral
The four children walked in a group along Bettington Road to buy ice cream on a 40-degree evening when they were beaten.
Three other children were seriously injured.
Truck driver Samuel William Davidson, 29, has been accused of 20 violations, including four counts of manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol.
Students from the Kings School in Parramatta, where Antony was a student in year 8, stood on a guard of honor while his coffin was taken from the church