How two brothers forever drawn by sorrow have found joy with a story of a Yiayia next door

It is a well-known jingle from an Australian classic soap that has found a new meaning in a street with tragedy.

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& # 39; Neighbors, should be there for each other & # 39 ;, goes the old song. & # 39; That is when good neighbors become good friends. & # 39;

For the Melbourne, Daniel and Luke Mancuso brothers, they have found more than just good friends, they have found a family.

Brothers Luke (left) and Daniel Mancuso receive another delicious meal from the & # 39; Yiayia & # 39; next-door. An Instagram page dedicated to her friendliness went through the roof last week

Brothers Luke (left) and Daniel Mancuso receive another delicious meal from the & # 39; Yiayia & # 39; next-door. An Instagram page dedicated to her friendliness went through the roof last week

Since a moving story from The ages Tom Cowie was published last week, the boys – well, they are men – jumped in the media for everything that is good in the world.

It started when they started on an Instagram page dedicated to the older woman next door.

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The Girl Next Door shows photos & # 39; s and videos & # 39; s of the older Greek grandmother – or Yiayia if she insists on being called – to bring the delicious meals and treats across the side gate of their reservoir.

& # 39; Thank you, Yiayia, & # 39; the boys say when the 73-year-old passes by another time.

When the story was published on May 24, the Instagram page had just over 20,000 followers.

This week it is just under 58,000 after news organizations around the world have picked up the heart-warming story.

& # 39; Thank you for sharing your story with the world. You and Yiayia have both made something that goes beyond words. It gives me confidence in humanity, & a woman said on the page.

Nina has known Daniel, 28, and his brother Luke, 26, all their lives.

She and her husband Petros have been living next to their grandmother since the 1970s – a house where they now live.

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While the simple story that neighbors are what were traditionally neighbors in Australia warms the heart, the Mancuso brothers themselves are very special in themselves.

On December 20, 2017, their father Fernando Paulino was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison for murdering their mother Teresa.

Fernando Paulino would be joking his sons Luke and Daniel from the prison dock at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He must serve at least 25 years in prison for killing their mother

Fernando Paulino would be joking his sons Luke and Daniel from the prison dock at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He must serve at least 25 years in prison for killing their mother

Fernando Paulino would be joking his sons Luke and Daniel from the prison dock at the Supreme Court of Victoria. He must serve at least 25 years in prison for killing their mother

On July 15, 2013, the bloody body of their 49-year-old mother was found in the garage of the house where they now live.

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She died from 16 stab wounds to her chest, abdomen, and back and was beaten so furiously that she had a fractured jaw and bleed to the brain.

The conviction Justice Kevin Bell described Paulino as a cold and ruthless murderer, who still denies any involvement in the murder.

On the night she died, Paulino had enjoyed a meal with her boys in her sister's house.

It was a family ritual that went well after she separated herself from her brutal husband in January 2010.

After dinner, Daniel said he was worried when he returned to the house he shared with his father to find him missing and to keep the lights and TVs on.

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Mrs. Paulino had gone to her mother's house – where the boys now live – and had a shower in preparation for a date with her new boyfriend.

She was on the phone with a friend when she heard a loud bang outside and went to investigate.

Moments later Nina heard loud shouts from the neighbors.

Daniel Mancuso and his mother Teresa Paulino. Her estranged husband, Fernando Paulino, killed her in the garage of her parental home. Her sons Daniel and Luke have now turned that garage into a mancave

Daniel Mancuso and his mother Teresa Paulino. Her estranged husband, Fernando Paulino, killed her in the garage of her parental home. Her sons Daniel and Luke have now turned that garage into a mancave

Daniel Mancuso and his mother Teresa Paulino. Her estranged husband, Fernando Paulino, killed her in the garage of her parental home. Her sons Daniel and Luke have now turned that garage into a mancave

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Her neighbor was dead.

& # 39; Yiayia and mama are not the same, they cannot be, & # 39; said Nina. & # 39; But their mother was an angel. She helped me a lot. So close to me. & # 39;

The boys were forced to undergo a harassing case of the Supreme Court in which they were attacked by their father's lawyer.

Dermot Dann, QC repeatedly called Luke a liar, suggesting that he not only exaggerated his evidence but also made it up.

Paulino continued to taunt his youngest son from prison.

& # 39; You know I didn't do it Luke. You know that, & he shouted. & # 39; You know I wasn't there. I was in the western suburbs … It's tragic. What happened to your mother is horrible, but I didn't do it. & # 39;

Paulino was brought to justice by the dedicated police work of Tony Harwood, a former homicide detective, who paid tribute to the boys on social media.

& # 39; So proud of Daniel and Luke Mancuso – you guys continue to amaze & # 39 ;, he wrote.

Former detective of murder cases Sgt Tony Harwood (left) with Daniel and Luke Mancuso. The no-nonsense detective helped bring down their murderous father and continues to support the boys during their journey

Former detective of murder cases Sgt Tony Harwood (left) with Daniel and Luke Mancuso. The no-nonsense detective helped bring down their murderous father and continues to support the boys during their journey

Former detective of murder cases Sgt Tony Harwood (left) with Daniel and Luke Mancuso. The no-nonsense detective helped bring down their murderous father and continues to support the boys during their journey

Daniel Mancuso leaves the Supreme Court of Appeal in Melbourne after his father has appealed. He and his brother Luke had to undergo a one-month trial in which they both came under fire from their father's lawyer
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Daniel Mancuso leaves the Supreme Court of Appeal in Melbourne after his father has appealed. He and his brother Luke had to undergo a one-month trial in which they both came under fire from their father's lawyer

Daniel Mancuso leaves the Supreme Court of Appeal in Melbourne after his father has appealed. He and his brother Luke had to undergo a one-month trial in which they both came under fire from their father's lawyer

The humble brothers and sisters are still unsure about why the page has become so popular, but believe that people love it because the content is so healthy and about food.

& # 39; We receive so many messages from people who say & # 39; this page made my day & # 39;, & # 39; this is so good & # 39 ;. Some might say, "I lost my grandmother last year" or "I lost my yiayia five years ago," it touches the heart when you hear such things, & Luke said.

While the popularity of their Instagram page grew explosively, Daniel and Luke said they hoped to attract attention to raise money and awareness for people who have endured family violence.

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They also hope that their story will encourage others to make connections with their neighbors.

& # 39; We take out her bins, we cut her grass, she cooks for us. You can develop that relationship with everyone, it doesn't have to be an old lady, it can be a young couple, & Luke said The age.

Yiayia & # 39; s response was invaluable.

& # 39; Why am I showing two people I call my grandchildren? & # 39; she told the boys.

The couple now have plans to produce memorabilia, including plates, aprons and cups, with all proceeds going to women's shelters and other charities.

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