& # 39; She was a mother to everyone & # 39 ;: the Sudanese leader and role model for young people in difficulty in Melbourne being murdered in an alleged hit and run & # 39; after being dragged across the road for 200 m left to die & # 39;
- Prominent South Sudanese leader was killed in the alleged hit-and-run in Melbourne
- Abiol Atem Manyang was known in the Melbourne community as Mama Abiol
- She crossed the road when a car hit her and she was towed 200 meters
- Tributes flow online for Mrs. Manyang, many say she was kind
A five-year-old mother was killed after being hit by a car and towed 200 meters before she died on the side of the road.
Ms. Manyang, known as Mama Abiol in the Sudanese community in Melbourne, died on Wednesday after being hit by a car in Ardeer, western Melbourne at 6:45 pm.
She was struck by a black Holden Commodore, reportedly driven by them 31-year-old Tom Street.
The respected community leader, 50, came to Australia from South Sudan and Australia in 2003 mentored children across Melbourne, where traditional dance is given to younger generations.
Abiol Atem Manyang (photo), known as Mama Abiol in the Sudanese community in Melbourne, crossed the road in Ardeer in the west of Melbourne at 6:45 pm.
Mrs. Manyang reportedly hit the side of the car and left the bonnet behind before she was towed 200 meters down the road, The age reported.
Street turned himself in after the accident and was accused of the alleged hit and run.
He appeared before the Magistrates & # 39; Court of Melbourne on Wednesday, where he was denied bail.
The court heard how Street allegedly hit Mrs. Manyang before she ran over and removed her from his vehicle before putting her on a nature track and driving away.
Mrs. Manyang was found after 50 minutes but had already died.
Mrs. Manyang's death has devastated the Sudanese community and many residents have used social media to pay tribute.
She is remembered as a kind-hearted woman who played an important role in guiding young people in difficulty.
Mrs. Manyang's brother, Majok Atem Manyang, said his sister had left five children.
& # 39; She was a very unique person, she was kind to everyone. It didn't matter who you were, she took everyone as a friend, & he said.
& # 39; She loved traditional things, she liked to sing and dance. & # 39;
Abuk Mulana Manyang Kolang left a moving tribute for Mrs. Manyang on Facebook and said that death was too much to handle.
Mrs. Manyang hit the side of the car and left the bonnet behind before she was towed 200 meters down the road
& # 39; Your death has resulted not only in the Twi or Bor community, but in the entire South Sudanese community. You were the example of unity, & she wrote.
& # 39; You love everyone regardless of where they come from. You belong to the angels in heaven. You were too special for this earth. & # 39;
& # 39; I have had some of the best conversations with you. You are so wise and so gentle. I will miss you terribly. REST IN PEACE & # 39;
Macmajok Media also visited Facebook to mention Mrs. Manyang's dedicated volunteering service when guiding young people in Australia, although cultural activities in the Sudanese community were generally accredited.
Tribute to Mrs. Manyang described her as a kind-hearted woman who played an important role in guiding difficult youth
& # 39; She left a lasting legacy that she will forever miss to those who have come to know her and who have been touched by her work. Rest in Peace, mother of youth & # 39 ;, read the Facebook post.
Days after the tragic death of Mrs. Manyang, a fundraiser was launched to help pay for funeral expenses. The page raised more than $ 6,000 in one day.
& # 39; Her sudden demise has undoubtedly left a huge void deep in our hearts & # 39 ;, is the description.
& # 39; Mama Abiol was a figure who genuinely served to touch our souls in the most profound ways. She accepted every individual for whom they were NOT what they are.
& # 39; She offered us light in the moments of uncertainty. What a heart, what a mother, what a humanist she was. With that said, we all owe her homage. & # 39;
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