Innocent soul Funeral held for Sydney hairdresser slain in gangland crossfire
An innocent Sydney hairdresser caught up in the crossfire of the city’s gangland wars has been farewelled by loved ones and the community.
Amy Al-Hazzouri, 39, was shot dead alongside 48-year-old Lametta Fadlallah when their car was sprayed with bullets in Panania in what police labelled a targetted “assassination”.
Family and friends gathered at Lakemba Mosque in Sydney’s west today for Al-Hazzouri’s funeral before her coffin was taken to Rookwood Cemetery.
There had been attempted to have her laid to rest in Lebanon but she was buried in Sydney.
Al-Hazzouri’s family spokesperson and friend Louisa Sakr said family, friends and the community are “mourning her loss”.
“It’s such a sad day,” she said.
“Amy was at the wrong place at the wrong time. She’s an innocent person.”
“She’s the most, from a personal experience, most generous person who gave so much back to the community, supporting her parents, her siblings and working so hard to make a life in Australia.
“It hurts more and more. It is very upsetting that such an innocent soul has been taken away at such a young age.”
With Al-Hazzouri’s mother overseas, her boss Joseylen Chidiac clutched her friend’s teddy bear as she lead mourners into the mosque.
“She loved that teddy bear. It was hers that she kept ever since arriving to Australia,” Sakr said.
In an interview with 9News her father, Khaled Al-Hazzouri, described his daughter as “beautiful” and an “angel” ready to help anyone.
“Beautiful, beautiful,” the grieving father said.
“Anyone who used to be upset, depressed, anything would go to Amy and she would give them the support, the power and energy.
“They would go to Amy, Amy was everything to them, that’s the kind of person she was.”
Fadlallah, mother-of-two, was farewelled at a funeral earlier this week.
She was the former partner of underworld figure Helal Safi and former partner of gangster Shadi Derbas.
After the shooting, NSW Police homicide squad boss Danny Doherty said the killing was “unprecedented” and was an “organised, methodical murder” aimed at killing Fadlallah, and broke an unwritten rule of targeting women and family.