Tears for slain children ‘now together forever’
Russell Griffin and his sister Kimberley were never far apart intheir brief lives, the 13-year-old boy always the protector of hislittle sister.
But last week nothing could protect the two children on what should have been just another adventure in the bush not far from their home.
Instead, a killer took their lives.
But as their family was reminded yesterday nothing could take away their innocence.
At the funeral service their grandmother Faye Carter said the pair would now be together forever, ‘‘two good kids, two bad tempered little kids’’.
More than 100 people attended the funeral, with emergency services workers standing shoulder to shoulder with family members, adults and children in front of two small coffins and bouquets — one from Year 4C at Kimberley’s school.
They remembered children’s parties, lollies and toys, temper tantrums and brother/sister fights.
Joshua Kilpatrick, Russell’s best friend when they were at school together, said he still remembered a birthday party at Mrs Carter’s home when they played with a toy glider.
They would always have those memories now but last week the chance of memories of graduations, first kisses and families of their own, were stolen away.
Despite the coloured balloons and dozens of children there could only be grief yesterday. Sobs and tears punctuated the service but there was a sense of relief among those assembled that they were able to meet Russell and nine-year-old Kimberley at all.
School teacher Jane Kennedy, who taught Kimberley in Years 1 and 2, broke down when she said: ‘‘I’m so thankful I was part of her very short life.’’
One of the Kimberley’s young schoolmates could not read out a poem she wrote about her friend.
Instead her mother had to read it on her behalf.
And when the Reverend John Alley explained how bad things happened to innocent people, the congregation needed no further reminder than the young children in their school uniforms with tears in their eyes.