Family share tribute to the youngest victim of the Bourke Street rampage: three-month-old baby Zachary.
Last week the parents of victims, Zachary and Zara, issued photos and a statement, via the Royal Children’s Hospital.
“On 20th January a man drove through Melbourne city killing and hurting people including our two-year-old toddler Zara and our three-month-old son, Zachary.
Our beautiful Zara is in a stable condition, however Zachary, our son, did not survive.
He was the most beautiful, loving, happy, and perfect little baby we were so lucky to be gifted with. He was the light of our lives constantly filling our days with smiles and laughs. He leaves us with the best three months and 14 days of wonderful memories spent in this world.
Zac, Mummy and Daddy love you very much, and always will.
We want to thank everyone who has helped us, comforted us and grieved with us. Your kind words really mean the world to us. We ask you to keep us and Zara in your prayers.
Finally, as we mourn our beautiful Zachary, we ask the media to respect our privacy at this difficult time.”
– Matthew and Nawwar Bryant
UPDATE 31 January 2017
This week Mum, Nawwar, shares how difficult life is without her baby boy.
She shared on Facebook, “Day 2 of being home and it isn’t getting any easier – yet.
I know in time, it will, but right now we are just missing our beautiful Zachary so much.
Every move I make, every corner of the house and every sight we pass by reminds me of my child. Memories of him are so deeply etched in my mind I automatically connect something I see to a memory of him.
We visited the Memorial sites this morning. Amidst all this sadness I feel so grateful to know there is so much love and kindness all around us.I feel for parents who have lost their children, especially in war-torn countries, and feel extremely lucky to have all this support where I am.
A photo of Zac is at every site we visited accompanied with numerous words of love and wishes of heartfelt condolences. We can choose to look at what we want to see and feel. I choose love, kindness and compassion.I feel I need these to heal and not anything else.
To remember my son touched so many lives and even though for a moment in this world, he did so much. He exuded so much love. Even more than I could have ever done. He may not be physically in my arms anymore but besides photos and memories I will always remember him by wearing his birth scars on my body as badges of honour to have given birth to such an angel.
Below I share the words I spoke when delivering his eulogy on the night of his burial. The words I need to always remind myself of, when I am sad and broken.
I can’t thank enough every single person who has reached out to me. I feel your sadness and appreciate your love.
Besides Zac and all the other victims, this eulogy is also dedicated to you and anyone who has lost a child.
Watching it again, I wonder, along with many others that night, where I got all the strength to speak. I think I was just so honored to have him in my life and the love I have for him and Allah swt helped me through.
Matt delivered a beautiful eulogy for our son too but in respect to his privacy I have only shared mine. I hope my words will help you in the best ways possible to overcome your sadness and fill your heart with love too. My love to you always.”
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