Sabtu, 02 Agustus 2014

MH17: Maslin children Mo, Evie and Otis, killed in Malaysia Airlines tragedy, mourned by 1,000 in Perth (ABC)

A memorial service for three Perth children and their grandfather killed on Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has drawn 1,000 people.

Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin, aged 12, 10 and 8 respectively, and their grandfather, Nick Norris, were aboard the Malaysia Airlines jet shot down over Ukraine in July.

A service was held Sunday at Scotch College, where Mo attended secondary school and his grandfather was a former student.

The children's mother, Rin Norris, told the service about the joy and delight the children brought her and the lessons she had learnt from them.

"I can imagine the memory of their bodies close to mine and the love in my heart will always be open for them. My arms will always be reaching for them," she said.

The children's father, Anthony "Mas" Maslin, said the children had travelled to numerous countries around the world, cramming more into their short lives than most people do in three lifetimes.

"Someone said they were so close, they were meant to be together," he said.

"And having Nick, the wisest man I know, as their eternal guide gives us some comfort, too."

Those attending the service smiled and laughed as stories and anecdotes about each of the children were shared.

Music tributes were played as photo montages cycled through on large screens.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop flew back to Perth from Ukraine to attend.

She had been in Ukraine as part of negotiations to ensure access to the crash site for Australian search and recovery personnel and international investigators.

Media were allowed to attend but coverage was strictly controlled.

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