Memorial ‘represents the living spirit of Veronique’

(From left) Liana, Danny and Leila Abdallah and Bridget Sakr and partner Craig Mackenzie at Veronique’s memorial (The Catholic Weekly/Giovanni Portelli)

Bridget Sakr says a memorial erected on the grounds of Santa Sabina College in Sydney for her daughter Veronique, a former student, will be a place of peace, reflection and Christian hope. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

The memorial was erected alongside the college chapel, a large light blue cross within a white V on top of a sandstone column bearing a plaque with her image.

Veronique and her cousins Antony, Angelina and Sienna Abdallah were killed in February when a car driven by a drunk driver mounted a footpath where they were walking in Oatlands in Sydney’s west.

Ms Sakr said the memorial “represents the living spirit of Veronique that will continue at the school”.

“It also represents the beauty of our faith that we don’t die, but through Christ we actually have eternal life.”

The Sakr and Abdallah families will launch a special day to promote forgiveness with support from the NSW Government with a memorial on 31 January. “Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself and others. The more you practice the better you become at it and it allows you live peacefully and to heal,” Danny and Leila Abdallah in a statement on social media.


Memorial marks place of peace with Veronique (By Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly)


Oatlands crash: Abdallah family shows Christmas spirit through i4give Day (The Daily Telegraph)

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