Son of Sydney shooting victim Lametta Fadlallah, killed alongside hairdresser Amy Hazouri, speaks
Ms Fadlallah’s adult son Abraham Derbas told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Nobody deserves this’
‘Nobody deserves this,’ said the grieving son of Sydney double shooting victim Lametta Fadlallah, who was brazenly assassinated by a hitman on the weekend.
Ms Fadlallah, 48, was gunned down alongside her hairdresser outside her home in Panania, south-west Sydney, on Saturday evening while in the back of a Toyota 4WD.
Investigators suspect she was targeted because of her connections to organised crime as the one-time lover of two well-known underworld figures – former gangster Shadi Derbas and 200kg standover man Helal Safi.
Ms Fadlallah’s adult son, Abraham Derbas told Daily Mail Australia on Monday evening that his mother should be remembered as a ‘very nice lady’, while his grandmother, ZamZam Derbas, described what had happened as an unprecedented ‘tragedy’.
‘Nothing ever happened like this before, nothing,’ she said.
It has been revealed that on the night of her gruesome death, Ms Fadlallah was on the way to her new partner’s popular Lebanese restaurant Massaya, in South Strathfield, to attend an engagement party.
Lametta Fadlallah (above) was killed in an assassination on Saturday that saw her and her hairdresser Amy Hazouri shot outside her southwest Sydney home
Grandmother, ZamZam Derbas (pictured left with Ms Fadlallah’s son, Abraham Derbas) called her death an unprecedented ‘tragedy’
Amy Hazouri, 39, had just stopped over at Ms Fadlallah’s home to blow-dry her client’s hair for the special party and was also invited to tag along to the shindig.
The hairdresser died in a hail of gun fire sitting next to Ms Fadlallah just as they were about to drive away. Police believe Ms Hazouri was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Ms Hazouri’s former brother-in-law, Mounir Sajad, told the Sydney Morning Herald he had pleaded with her to not associate with Ms Fadlallah, given her reputation as an underworld figure.
But Ms Hazouri did not feel she was in any danger.
Her sister Manal Raunegger wrote a heartbreaking post online revealing that Ms Hazouri was the sole breadwinner for her family back in Lebanon which is currently struggling with an economic crisis triggering food, fuel and medicine shortages.
‘We require urgent funds to carry out funeral services and transfer her body to Lebanon to lay at rest. Our mother is not well and cannot travel to Australia to see her daughter,’ she said.
‘We are asking family, friends and the community to donate what they can and share this page around as we require urgent funds during this time as we cannot afford this service. Every dollar and support is appreciated. May her soul rest in peace.’
Hairdresser Amy Hazouri (above) is believed to have been ‘collateral damage’ in the assassination against Lametta Fadlallah on Saturday
On the night of her gruesome death, Ms Fadlallah was on the way to her new partner’s popular Lebanese restaurant Massaya, in South Strathfield (pictured), to attend an engagement party
Ms Fadlallah’s mother in law, Mrs Derbas, still lives in the street where a member of Ms Fadlallah’s one-time husband Shadi’s gang killed innocent Korean schoolboy Edward Lee in a year of bloody violence which erupted in southwestern Sydney.
The 1998 death of 14-year-old Lee, who was knifed while attending a birthday party a few doors away by Telopea Street gang member Mustapha Dib, sparked a police crackdown which incited even more gang violence.
In the same year, Telopea Street gang members were involved in their own double shooting, when Shadi Derbas and other gang members were present while infamous gangster Michael Kanaan shot two men outside the Five Dock Hotel.
Shadi Derbas was convicted of hindering investigations into the Five Dock murders of Adam Wright and Michael Hurle.
Telopea Street gang members later shot up the Lakemba police station and were allegedly involved in drive-by shootings.
The gang folded in 2000, in the wake of Shadi Derbas’ conviction.
Shadi Derbas is understood to have long since turned his back on a life of crime and has not been in a relationship with Ms Fadlallah for several years.
Ms Fadlallah’s mother (left) said her daughter’s name has been ‘trashed’ following her death
Ms Fadlallah and Ms Hazouri were shot while inside a Toyota 4WD on Saturday while on the way to Ms Fadlallah’s engagement party (pictured, Ms Fadlallah’s home and the scene of the shooting)
The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man, drove the car around the corner while the vehicle was still under fire (pictured, blood stains on the street two days after the assassination)
Police continued to scour the scene on Monday (pictured) 48 hours after the double murder
Investigators suspect Ms Fadlallah (pictured) was targeted because of her connections to organised crime
Ms Fadlallah’s heartbroken mother Nadia also spoke to Daily Mail Australia on Monday, saying that her daughter’s reputation had been ‘trashed’ when she deserves to be ‘remembered well’.
Nadia later told The Australian newspaper that she wanted revenge for her daughter.
‘I don’t want to them to go to jail – I want them to leave them on the street the same way they did to me daughter … someone else will get them back, in God’s name.’
Ms Fadlallah’s sister-in-law said the family received many calls and thanked people for their sympathy and kind words. The family asked to be left alone to grieve in peace.
Ms Fadlallah rented the duplex she was murdered outside of for five years with her 16-year-old son.
Suellen, who owns the property, said Ms Fadlallah was a reliable tenant who kept the property clean and paid rent on time.
She said the mother had recently paid an advance to have a security system installed which would see three cameras trained on the street she was later shot in.
Hitmen ‘made sure gangster mum saw the gun she was killed with’
The hitman, or hitmen, who killed Lametta Fadlallah and Amy Hazouri tapped on the window of their Toyota 4WD four times before brazenly killing them in a hail of bullets.
Ms Fadlallah’s mother, Nadia, told The Australian that her killers ‘made sure she saw the gun before she died.’
Video emerged earlier this week where the sound of bullets could be heard ringing out over and over again shortly after 6pm on Saturday evening, before the killer, or killers, drove off.
Ms Fadlallah’s family (pictured left to right, her sister, sister-in-law and mother) said she deserved to be ‘remembered well’
Ms Fadlallah (above) was previously married to two Sydney king-pins and could have been killed for ‘knowing too much’ of the underworld’s secret dealings
Ms Fadlallah was previously married to 200kg standover man Helal Safi (pictured in 2020 being arrested). He died of a heart attack in 2021
‘The furniture in there was expensive and she had cameras put in,’ Suellen told Daily Mail Australia.
‘She was clean and tidy, she had a cleaning lady come in.’
Suellen added that she thought she heard a loud noise at the time of the assassination but didn’t initially realise there had been a shooting in the street.
‘I just heard one big explosion, like a big bang, not individual gunshots and I looked out into the street and I could see no-one,’ she said.
‘Amour Park the soccer stadium is behind us and I just thought it was something from there, but louder. It wasn’t until half an hour later the police came and I heard sirens.’
Police have since revealed a 20-year-old man was driving the Toyota 4WD the two women were shot in and managed to drive away while the vehicle was still under fire. A 16-year-old girl was also in the front car and miraculously survived.
Once the driver reached safety around the corner he called emergency services for help to save the two shot women in the back seat.
Amy Hazouri, 39, had just stopped over at Ms Fadlallah’s home to blow dry her hair for the special party and was also invited to tag along to the shindig. Moments later she died in a hail of gun fire
The heartbroken father of the ‘innocent’ hairdresser said his daughter was an ‘angel’ and that he wished he’d died instead.
On Monday night Ms Hazouri’s devastated father, Khaled, broke down crying while describing his beautiful daughter.
‘Angel, angel,’ he told Nine News. ‘Friendly to every people.’
In broken English Mr Hazouri said his daughter always had a smile and offered a hand wherever needed.
While the broken father sobbed a translator revealed he said he wished he had died instead of Amy.
Ms Hazouri (above) is described by her loved ones as a ‘beautiful’ woman and ‘angel’ who was the sole provider for her family back in Lebanon
An underworld source who knew Ms Fadlallah told the Daily Telegraph she could have been killed because she ‘knew too much’.
‘She was right into the life. She would carry the guns for the boys, give alibis when needed and right up till she was killed mixing with gangsters,’ they said.
‘She always thought she was smart but this is the most dangerous Sydney has ever been. Killing women so openly is next level.’
In the past two years Sydney’s streets have erupted with highly-planned shootings.
The two slain woman are now the 15th and 16th victims of the bloody gang war.
HOW THE UNDERWORLD HAS ERUPTED IN SYDNEY
AUGUST 29, 2020 – Fares Abounader, a Comanchero bikie was shot dead in a drive-by attack as his wife and young child were inside their Panania house.
OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an associate of the Alameddines – is beaten with a metal bar in a street fight in Strathfield
OCTOBER 18, 2020 – Rafat Alameddine’s former home is shot up in a drive-by shooting
OCTOBER 19, 2020 – Mejid Hamzy is shot dead in Condell Park
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naaman is shot dead in Hurstville in a suspected mistaken identity attack on Ibrahem Hamze
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mejed Derbas is shot dead in Smithfield
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamze’s mother Maha Hamze comes under gunfire again in another drive-by shooting at her home in Auburn
MARCH 12, 2021 – A home linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot up
AUGUST 6, 2021 – Alameddine low-level associate Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford
AUGUST 14, 2021 – Police foil alleged gangland hit on Ibrahem Hamze when they spot stolen Mercedes in North Sydney
OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are gunned down outside their home in Guildford
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford home of Alameddine associate. No-one is hurt
JANUARY 6, 2022 – Brother of Bassam Hamzy, Ghassan Amoun, is shot dead at 35 years of age in a brazen daylight execution as he sat in a BMW outside an apartment building in Western Sydney.
APRIL, 4, 2022 – Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad aka ‘Mr Big’ is gunned down in a hail of bullets – after being warned by police that he had a million-dollar bounty on his head for his role in deadly shooting in Greenacre.
MAY 10, 2022 – Comanchero bikies with links to the Alameddine clan, Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were shot at while training at a gym in Auburn. Omar died at the seen while Tarek miraculously survived after being shot 10 times including in the face.
MAY 14: Rami Iskander, 23, was shot in the torso in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home on Knox Street at Belmore just before 4am on Saturday. He is the nephew of Brownie Ahmad
MAY 15: NSW Police launch Strikeforce Erebus to try and tackle the growing problem of gang violence with the Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies partnering with state cops to stop the bloodshed.
JUNE 28: Former Lone Wolf bikie Yusuf Nazlioglu dies in hospital a day after he is hit by 10 bullets in a Rhodes underground carpark
AUGUST 13: Lametta Fadlallah, 48, and her hairdresser friend Amy Hazouri, 39, are shot dead in a silver Toyota 4WD outside her house on Hendy St, Panania in Sydney’s west.