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Emotional funeral for Buxton crash victim Gabriella “Gabby” McLennan


Hundreds of mourners will gather to pay their respects to a young girl who was one of the victims of last week’s horrific crash in Buxton.

Gabriella “Gabby” McLennan’s funeral was held Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Leppington in front of devastated family members, loved ones, schoolchildren and friends.

Guests began arriving just before 10am, openly hugging and crying outside the service in heartbreaking scenes.

A large black limousine arrived with more visitors as the chapel courtyard quickly filled with broken-hearted guests.

The message in the funeral pamphlet read: “Life is not measured by the years you live, but by the love you give and the things you do.

“Yesterday’s memories are more precious than gold.

“They are locked in our hearts to have and to keep.”

The family asked those in attendance to wear sky blue, Gabby’s favorite color.

She will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park following the service.

A tight-knit community southwest of Sydney is still coming to terms with the tragedy that claimed the lives of five teenagers.
Gabby, 15, Tyrese Bechard, 16, Summer Williams, 14, Antonio Dezisto, 15, and Lily Van De Putte, 15, died when the car they were traveling in crashed into a car on East Parade in Buxton on September 6 a tree

All five teenagers went to Picton High together.

Gabby was only identified as the fifth victim of the crash earlier this week after her devastated family released pictures to the media that best “capture Gaby”.

The 15-year-old played soccer for a local team and was in a relationship with Tyreese.

Saturday’s service was the third of five ceremonies, following Tyreese’s funeral on Thursday and Lily’s on Friday.

On Thursday, Tyrese’s classmates released orange balloons into the air to say goodbye to him at his final resting place.

In Lily’s honor, mourners on Friday brought purple balloons and wore small splashes of purple as a mark of respect for the “sassy” 14-year-old.

Residents of Woollondilly Shire Council were encouraged to display sky blue balloons for Gabby, her favorite colour.

Tyrese was remembered as a “cheeky” young man with a “heart of gold”, with hundreds of mourners attending an emotional service at Picton’s HisHouse Church.

Relatives, communities and fellow students openly wept for the “kind”, “respectful” and “joyful” teenager.

On Friday, Lilly was described as a “crap and a lady” who had a “wicked sense of humour” to hundreds of loved ones.

Brittany, Lily’s sister, called her “kind” and “brave,” while the waiter said she thought “It wasn’t so bad to be a bit of a bully.”

The teenagers told their parents they were going on a “mocas run” but reportedly drove for hours. When they did not return home, they raised the alarm.

The Nissan Navara ute was being driven by Tyrell Edwards, 18, when he allegedly lost control and crashed into a tree on East Parade, Buxton.

Mr Edwards, the sole survivor, was charged with five counts of dangerous driving causing death.

He was refused bail at Picton Local Court and remanded in custody.

He will return to court on Monday, where he is expected to apply for bail in the Supreme Court.

Originally published as Gabby McLennan said goodbye at Buxton’s third funeral


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