1. “You just get left behind.” Queensland mum’s last Facebook post before she and her four children were killed in a car crash.
The mother killed in a car crash with her four children posted a message about feeling alone on Facebook weeks before she died.
Charmaine Harris McLeod, 35, and her children Aaleyn, 6, Matilda, 5, Wyatt, 4, and Zaidok, 2, died after their station wagon slammed into an oncoming truck south of Kingaroy on Monday night.
“I feel as if, if you cant or dont grasp God/healing etc, when they think you should have then you just get left behind,” she wrote on the page for her local church last month.
“You would think there would be support/help, but very very little, they were always too busy, not one piece of clothing or a piece of bread was offered, let alone shelter.
“I feel as if I’ve done it alone… these are the things Jesus did, he ate with the less fortunate.. I’ve asked for prayer before surgery & yes I’ve had a lot of surgeries but they don’t, they do for others though.”
Bayside Christian Church assistant pastor Peter Ford first met McLeod when she was a teenager in Hervey Bay.
He remembers her as an active church member, who was the driving force behind a decade-old community barbecue event on Christmas Day for people without family and friends.
“In her younger days, she also worked with Youth In Search, which is a Queensland-wide organisation,” he told AAP.
“She really wanted to help others and the community – she had a heart for that.”
Pastor Ford said he spent the past day consoling shocked members of 700-strong church community after news broke of the family’s tragic deaths.
The children’s distraught father James McLeod has described his last visit with the beautiful souls, who he says were loved by everyone who knew them.
He told the Courier-Mail on Wednesday it was during this last visit that his youngest son, Zaidok, told him he loved him for the first time.
“Young Zaidok – he was just a little adventurer. A loving and kind kid,” McLeod told the newspaper.
“The last supervised visitation I had with them, not last Saturday but the Saturday beforehand, he actually said that he loves me, daddy, to me. Just out of the blue.
“They were beautiful, intelligent, bright, smart kids.”
Paramedics had to fight their way through flames and smoke to reach the vehicle, which was set ablaze along with the truck on Bunya Highway, just south of Kingaroy.