Sanaya’s father, Sameer Sahbib, carried his daughter out of the service in a tiny wooden coffin he built himself as hundreds gathered to bid their farewells and offer their support.
This morning’s funeral service was open to the public at Bunurong Memorial Park and was followed by a much more private an intimate family-only burial.
Murdered toddler Sanaya Sahib’s short, but loved life has been remembered at a public funeral service this morning. pic.twitter.com/F3KAJHFUQN
— 7 News Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) April 16, 2016
The service came after more than 200 people gathered together for a vigil on Friday at Olympic Park, releasing pink and yellow balloons to farewell Sanaya and offering condolences to the family.
The Daily Mail are reporting that after the balloon ceremony Sanaya’s uncle, Jameel Ahmed, said the family thanked the community from “the bottom of our hearts”.