On the morning of her daughter’s funeral, Nathalie Hakin, woke up in hospital and recalled what had happened.

During the funeral for 10-year-old Melbourne girl Thalia Hakin, one of the young victims of the Bourke Street Mall tragedy, her father Tony told mourners his wife was still too ill to attend her daughter’s farewell, reports Daily Mail.

‘I know what happened. Some maniac hurt my family and I don’t know how to deal with it, he took my angel,’ Mr Hakin quoted his wife as saying.

Mr Hakin said his wife would have wanted to be at the funeral to remember their little girl, but it was not possible.

‘I’m really, really sorry Nathalie can’t be here. It was very, very hard to do this.

‘Nathalie would have wanted to say stuff about her, that she was a little butterfly and the light of her life,’ The Australian Jewish News reported him as saying.

Big sister, Maggie managed to leave hospital in a full leg cast and wheelchair to attend her little sister’s funeral on Wednesday.

Mr Hakin said he didn’t believe his daughter had suffered when the car hit her.

‘Thalia copped the full brunt of it,’ he said.

‘I think she fairly much died instantly, I don’t think she would have known much about it.’

He said only ‘pure evil’ could have taken Thalia from her family.

‘She was something special to everybody who ever met her,’ Mr Hakin said.

The family have shared a tribute to the youngest victim of the Bourke Street rampage: three-month-old baby Zachary. Read full story here.

If you want to help the victims you can find all the details here. 

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  • This is so heartbreaking


  • RIP Thalia. All our thoughts and prayers are with your mum and sister and your dad.


  • Nathalie will have a long road to recovery having been in a coma, even if it was induced to stop her from moving at all. As traumatic as it would have been Maggie will have some closure from attending her sister’s funeral. May she rest in peace and her family find some comfort in the fact that she isn’t suffering.


  • Thoughts go out to this poor family. I hope the mother makes a full recovery too. Rip little one


  • my heart breaks I can’t even comment without my eyes filling with tears :(


  • So so tragic !
    My thoughts and prayers go once again out to this family and all other families involved.


  • Heartbreaking – bloody drugs and the fools that take them!


  • Heaven has a very beautiful angel and im sure she will be watching over her family.


  • Poor family. How can they ever recover from such a loss? :-(


  • Such a sad time for all those involved in this, pray they heal from this


  • Such a tragic day that Friday. So sad for this and every family and people affected.


  • Just devastating :,( And how true, only an act of pure evil could inflict such pain and suffering


  • My thoughts are with this family and every family involved in this horrible incident. May this girl RIP. I am sure she is a beautiful angel and will take care of baby Zachary.


  • devastating and heartbreaking, my love to the family R.I.P.


  • Such a sad and ultimately preventable tragedy. I cant imagine her pain.


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