A young Melbourne mother has been left to raise her son and six month old twins alone after her fiancé died suddenly in a motorcycle accident.
Alya Miers, 29, was planning to marry her partner of four years, Adam Rischitelli, in September.
The couple had just celebrated the arrival of their identical twin girls Audrey and Alivia six months ago, adding to their happy family, with big brother Ari, 6, taking to his step father-to-be “like a duck to water”.
The family jokingly referred to themselves as “the A team” and their friends and family described them as “in love ... and with their future ready to grab".
A week ago Ms Miers said her world “shattered” when Mr Rischitelli died.
Victoria police confirmed the father was traveling north on a motorcycle on Winchelsea-Deans Marsh Road in Winchelsea, an hour south of Melbourne, when he left the road and crashed into a tree shortly before 4pm on March 20.
The bike became engulfed in flames and Mr Rischitelli died at the scene.
“He was the best father, son, partner, friend, colleague that anyone could have ever asked for,” Ms Miers wrote on Facebook.
The devastated mum promised to stay strong for their children.
“There will forever be a gaping hole in our lives. But one that will be endlessly filled with the comfort of knowing he is survived by his two beautiful daughters Audrey and Alivia.
"He was also the most amazing father to his step son Ari who will miss the bed sheet caves he made for him every night to help him feel safe”.
'So dearly loved'
A GoFundMe launched to help the family financially while they grieve the loss of the "unthinkable tragedy" has raised over $110,000 with generous donations from strangers and those who knew the young family.
"Adam was one of the most loyal people you could have known, he was so incredibly kind and funny. He always had a wide smile on his face that would light up the entire room. He was so dearly loved by everyone who knew him," family and friends wrote on the fundraising page.
"Ayla, their beautiful children, his parents, and his sister Vanessa are left behind and their lives have been changed forever."
Ms Miers shared that she had only recently assured her son that Adam would always be there for him.
"I told Ari only a few days ago that Adam will never go anywhere, that we will all be together always. And we will be, he will forever be with us," she wrote.
"I will make sure they know all about their amazing daddy, how much he loved them and that he will always be watching over them, every step that they take."
Ms Miers ended her facebook post describing her partner as "the perfect start and end to my days".
"I will forever feel so grateful to have been with you for the short time on earth we had. You are my soul mate and forever will be the love of my life. I love you."
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