By SHAUNA ANDERSON
This post deals with the tragic deaths of a family including children, as well as an apparent suicide, and may be distressing for readers.
Six-year-old Phoebe Hunt was bossy, charming and persistent.
Her eight-year-old sister Mia was full of empathy and innocence and their older brother, Fletcher – aged 10 – was ‘energy personified’ and the most like his mother.
Heartbreaking tributes to three children who were mourned by the devastated town of Lockhart yesterday.
Family and friends of Geoff and Kim Hunt gathered to pay their respects in a service called a “Celebration of life”.
The private service came nearly two weeks after Kim Hunt, 41, was found dead with her children Fletcher, Mia and Phoebe at their farmhouse near Lockhart, west of Wagga Wagga, on September 9.
The body of the children’s father – and Kim Hunt’s husband, 44-year-old Geoff Hunt, was found with a gun in a dam on the property the following day.
It is believed that Geoff Hunt killed the family, before turning the gun on himself. An investigation into their deaths is continuing as officers prepare a report for the coroner.
The funeral service was filled with loving images of the family – wedding pictures, holiday photos and school portraits of the children according to Fairfax Media.
Kim Hunt’s sister Jenny Geppert spoke at a public memorial that followed the private funeral, saying that her sister was her idol. “My big sister, my idol, my friend, what an amazing person you were, kind and caring, I feel lost in this world without you,” she said.
She called for the memorial to be a reminder of the importance of empathy, kindness and consideration.
“May you teach your children that competitiveness is not as important as compassion,”
“Teach them to replace tormenting with tolerance, sacrifice your ego for the goodwill of others,” she said.