“It’s unbearable. You can’t talk to them. They are just lost, they can’t come to the fact they have lost their daughter,” said Sakr.
Compounding their grief is the post-mortem process; Islamic burial traditions demand a person is buried within 72 hours of their death. The NSW State Coroner did not release al-Hazouri’s body until almost two weeks after her death, due to the need for forensic testing.
“It’s very essential, a body cannot stay in the fridge at the Coroner’s or at the mosque for more than three days,” Sakr said.
Police have told reporters they are proceeding under the assumption that the target of the double homicide was Fadlallah and al-Hazouri was an innocent party. However, the funeral still attracted significant attention from police who circled the roads around the mosque on Friday.