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Damien Little and his two sons will be farewelled in a private funeral in Port Lincoln today.

The service will be closed to the media with mayor Bruce Green saying it will be another tough day for the small community.

“There’s really deep sorrow and sadness and people are unable to rationalise what happened and find it really difficult to know what to do next apart from getting on with their lives,” Mr Green said.

Damien shot himself and his two sons Koda, four, and Hunter, nine months, before driving their vehicle off Port Lincoln’s wharf on January 4.

His parents have said “He was very particular about everything he did. I think he wanted to be perfect — he wanted to be a perfect father and husband.”

Wife, Melissa, released a statement to the media describing her husband as a “father who loved his two children very much”.

Today she has written emotional poems to her sons and husband, as part of a funeral service for the victims of the tragic Port Lincoln murder-suicide.

More than 600 family and friends attended the funeral of Koda Little, 4, his nine-month-old brother Hunter and their father Damien, 33, at the Eyre Peninsula town.

Guests were given a service card with poems written by Melissa.

loving memory memorial

To her four-year-old son, she wrote: “You were thoughtful and caring way beyond your years / Each moment spent with you will always be held dear.

“You should have had so many years to watch your life unfold / And in the midst of all this watch me, your Mum grow old!”

She described Hunter, nine months, as “a baby so sweet with a precious smile”.

“You passed away so innocent and true / So brief was your time I hardly knew,” she wrote.

To her husband, she wrote: “It broke my heart to lose you / Too soon you were gone.

“You never said goodbye / And only God knows why.”

After the service, for which dozens of people flew in from around Australia, yellow, blue and white balloons were released in tribute to the trio, who died almost three weeks ago.

The family also released a statement following the funeral service.

“Today we mourn the loss of three lives taken from this world too soon,” it states.

“We will share sadness that we can no longer see their smiles, enjoy their hugs and watch them grow.

“We will also celebrate the special times an the joy they brought us, while they were in our lives.

“Damien, Koda and Hunter blessed so many with their presence and today is the start of the next journey without them beside us.

“Please respect the privacy of our families and the community — so we can allow these three souls to now rest in peace.”

Our hearts are with the family today. We hope Melissa is coping as best anyone can at this time.

If you need support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

  • My deepest condolences to Melissa and her family in these dark days. I could not bring myself to read her heartbreaking story for some time, bringing myself to tears when I tried.

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  • My thoughts and prayers go out to Melissa.

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  • I still carnt understand WHY he Did what he did if he had a mental illness WHY take it out on the Children. They had Everything to live for WHY couldn’t he see that, ????

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  • yeah i can’t imagine her life right now. it would be so hard. i hope that she keeps strong.

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  • Such sad story. Thinking about and praying for you Melissa !! May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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  • My deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with Melissa. It is a difficult time for you as you suffer the tradgedy and loss of your sweet family. May God richly bless, keep and protect you always. I pray good things and happiness for you as you journey through the next phase of your life.
    Peace be with you always. Theresa

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  • If you read this Melissa. I feel sorry for you. No mother /wife should have to deal with losing a child and there husband. Let alone both children. You are a strong women and your handling this so well, I’m a mother myself & I don’t think id be able to cope. My thoughts are with you. Your an inspiration to everyone ♡

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  • Time for the media and others to repect the privacy of Melissa and other relatives.
    Such beautiful sentiments written with heavy heartbroken emotions

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  • May you find peace and may God bless you Melissa.

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  • What an absolutely heartbreaking situation. I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to be in a situation like this. My heart goes out to her and I pray that in time she will be able to find some peace.

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  • I can’t express in words how sad this makes me feel. My thoughts go out to Melissa – that strength and love and family support will get her through. I just don’t know how you move forward, but I’ve no doubt she will in time. My heart just breaks for her.

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  • REALLY TORE AT MY HEART HOW SAD IS THIS ….FOR THE HUSBAND TO TAKE HIS CHILDREN WITH HIM AS WELL AND NOT LEAVE THEM BEHIND TO BE THERE TO COMFORT HIS WIFE …..I CANT EVEN THINK HOW HIS WIFE IS FEELING AT THIS TIME …..

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  • A very hard thing to do – to come to terms with this sort of grief is certainly not easy. I hope she is able to carry on and make something of her life.

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  • May you find comfort in this dark hours Melissa xxx

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  • What a sad moment for her. I hope she will be able to go on with her life. I don’t know if I would be able to. :-(

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