mourners line the street for Thalia Hakin

Bourke Street: Jewish community farewells 10-year-old victim Thalia Hakin

The father of murdered 10-year-old schoolgirl Thalia Hakin has shared his grief after his daughter’s death in last Friday’s horrific Bourke Street car rampage.

Tony Hakin spoke on Wednesday at Thalia’s funeral, which was held at the Melbourne Chevra Kadisha Cemetery in Lyndhurst.

Thalia’s nine-year-old sister Maggie, who was also caught up in the crush of pedestrians, sat in the front row in a wheelchair with a cast on her leg. Her mother, Nathalie, did not attend as she remains in hospital.

“She (Thalia) was something special to everybody who ever met her,” Mr Hakin said.

“She exuded kindness but she was a very pretty girl. She was pretty on the inside and pretty on the outside.

Read the full article by Tom Cowie at The Age.