The mother of the three Abdallah children says she has forgiven the alleged drunk driver who killed her three children in Sydney’s north-west.
Just before 8pm on Saturday, Anthony, Angelina and Sienna Abdallah were walking with four other children along a footpath on Bettington Road, Oatlands, when police allege Samuel Davidson’s Mitsubishi Triton mounted the kerb and hit the group.
The three siblings and their cousin, Veronique Sakr, were killed instantly, while the other children were taken to hospital.
On Monday, their mother Leila returned to the scene that has become a makeshift memorial, flooded with hundreds of flowers, rosary beads, teddy bears and other tributes.
Mrs Abdallah said she had been relying on her relationship with God in the day since her children were killed.
“[Husband] Danny and I were so blessed to have six kids; we love our kids so much. We tried to focus on their spiritual side more than anything. We tried to teach them to pray the rosary, to read the Bible and to share God’s faith.
“I asked God to come all together to pray as a community, but I didn’t ask [him] to take my kids. I ask him to take everything from me, but my kids. I am sad, I am heartbroken but I am at peace because I know my kids are in a better place,” she said.
“It feels very unreal, I still don’t feel it’s true. I feel they are still with me. I’m still waiting for them to come home.”
On Monday, hundreds of people arrived at the makeshift memorial site to pray, sing, lay flowers and pay tribute to the children.
One of the injured children is recovering in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead after surgery, Mrs Abdallah said.
“She [the child’s mother] is praying for them [the children who died].”
Meanwhile, the family of an 11-year-old boy, who is in an induced coma in the same hospital, have warned of online scammers creating fake fundraising pages.
A spokeswoman for the family told the Herald there was only one legitimate fundraiser, which was being organised on Facebook.