This Saturday was supposed to be a special day for Katrina Sila and Elham Prahastono, who celebrated the birth of their three-month-old daughter Ivy in an Islamic ceremony.
Instead, their loved ones lay on Friday to comfort little Ivy, 34, and her two-year-old brother Kay after the family was tragically killed when their car collided with a lorry in Menangle Park, southwest Sydney.
Hundreds of mourners flocked to the Lakemba mosque on Friday to say their final farewells to the family.
Dozens of men carried green coffins, covered with gold-patterned cloth and etched with Arabic script, out of the mosque—first the Lady Sela, followed by the children.
After placing one of his children’s coffins in the heart, Ilham Brahstono surrounded his loved ones and comforted them. Overwhelmed with emotion, he sat for a moment.
A grieving Ilham Prahstono (pictured left of the coffin, wearing a black tie) carried one of his children’s coffins outside Lakemba Mosque on Friday
Katrina Sela (pictured left holding her baby, Ivy), 34, was running errands for a traditional Muslim ceremony for Ivy before she and her children were killed in a horrific car crash
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the mosque to pray for Mrs. Cilla, Kay and Ivy
The weary loved ones then headed to the nearby Narellan Cemetery to lay Lady Sylla, Kai and baby Ivy to final rest, mourners bearing flowers in the sweltering 30 degrees Celsius.
Mourners embraced and wiped away tears as the trio was lowered to the floor.
Mr. Prahastono hung his head as he stood beside his loved ones, gazing at the burial plot, as he bid farewell to his wife and two children.
Cilla and Kay were killed instantly when their silver SUV veered into a cement truck on the other side of Hume Highway around 11:20 a.m. Monday.
Ivey was pulled from the rubble in critical condition and airlifted to Westmead Children’s Hospital but died early Wednesday morning.
Mrs. Sela is on the road making final preparations for the traditional Muslim ceremony called an aqiqah – to celebrate Ivy’s recent birth – when it is understood that she has made a fatal turn.
Emotional friends and family lowered one of the green coffins into the back of a black heart
One of the men made room at the back of one of the stewards where the second coffin was placed further back
The lovers embrace Mr. Prahastono after he puts his children’s coffins in the shroud
The male truck driver, 48, was not injured and has since undergone a mandatory drug and alcohol test.
Seven News reported that Mr Prahastono was at work at the time and was reportedly alerted by his Apple Watch to the incident on Monday morning.
The watch feature detects when a serious car accident has occurred and can help contact emergency services and notify emergency contacts.
The police are investigating how the accident happened and will prepare a coroner’s report.
Investigators urged anyone with a dashcam sighting in the area or anyone with more information to come forward.
Witnesses said the force of the collision pushed the engine of the mother-of-two children’s car 100 meters off the road, with a picture showing her lying on the side of the road.
In the hours following Effie’s death, Mrs. Sela’s sister and close friend Diana Effendi set up a fundraiser and called on community members to help raise money for Mr. Prahastono – who now has to pay for three burials.
Mr. Prahastono was being comforted by a man as he walked to a car to drive to the Narellan tomb
Family and friends wrapped their hands around Mr. Prahastono as they walked away from the mosque
The grieving father and husband are overcome with emotion when he climbs into a black Mercedes limousine
Mourners embrace outside the mosque after performing prayers for the family
We are putting out an appeal to all our friends, family and the wider community to raise funds to cover burial costs following the tragic death of… Katrina and their beautiful husband [children]Ms. Effendi wrote.
This lovely family lives in southwest Sydney and loved everything about this area, dreamed of raising their children here and called this community their forever home.
“Your prayers and any amount you can donate during this difficult time will be very helpful in lightening the burden on Elham and his family.”
Over $120,631 has been raised for the family so far through GoFundMe.
GoFundMe can be found for family here.
A fundraiser has been launched to help Ilham Prahastono (right) cover funeral costs and rebuild his life
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