'Disgusting': Vandals tear down memorial for four children

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A makeshift memorial for four Sydney children killed by an out-of-control driver was reportedly torn down by vandals overnight.

Abdallah children Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, and their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, died in February last year when a drunk driver ploughed into them as they walked on the footpath outside Oatlands Golf Club.

On Sunday, a memorial including photos of the family members was found ripped off the fence. 

The siblings' dad, Danny Abdallah, was photographed by 7News fixing the tribute to his three children following the vile act.

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Horrified Twitter users responding to the publication's online post called the act "disgusting".

“The motivation of such individuals is beyond comprehension,” one man wrote. 

The incident comes just weeks after Mr Abdallah and his wife, Leila, had their plans for a permanent memorial at the golf club rejected.

"We are devastated by the decision of the Oatlands Golf Club Board to end discussions for a modest commemorative garden on the edge of the golf course where our children were killed," the couple said in a statement at the time.

"We respectfully ask the board to reconsider its decision so that our children can be honoured and the community can have a place to remember the Oatlands tragedy.

Abdallah children Sienna (right), 8, Angelina (centre), 12, and Antony (left), 13.
Abdallah children Sienna, 8, Angelina, 12, and Antony, 13, and their 11-year-old cousin Veronique Sakr, 11, died in February last year. Source: Nine News
Veronique Sakr's funeral booklet. Source: AAP
An order of ceremony booklet is seen during the funeral for Veronique Sakr, 11. Source: AAP

"We love our children dearly and we will always grieve the loss of our beautiful kids.

"Our proposed commemorative garden simply honours our children, Antony, Angelina, Sienna and Veronique and our survivors Liana, Charbel and Mabelle."

The club's board rejected designs drawn up by Parramatta Council, without first consulting its members, on the basis they were too elaborate and would unduly remind neighbours of the tragedy, The Daily Telegraph reported on Wednesday.

The latest compromise design consisted of a small bench and four sunken sandstone boulders.

Leila Abdallah at the scene of the crash a day after the fatal accident. Source: AAP
Leila Abdallah at the scene of the crash a day after the fatal accident. Source: AAP

"All concepts submitted by Parramatta Council on behalf of the families have been well outside the scale of what had been communicated as appropriate," Oatlands Golf Club general manager Sam Howe said in an email to members.

"In light of there being no support from the families for a memorial that the board has deemed appropriate to take to the membership, the board has decided to close negotiations."

The decision comes a week after the Abdallah family home was broken into and thieves stole personal possessions, including their dead son Anthony's phone.

With AAP

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