The mother of a 15-year-old Sydney girl who died after drinking a lethal cocktail of alcohol and energy drinks delivered a powerful and poignant eulogy at her funeral on Wednesday.
Paris Kamper was found unconscious and alone at a Kenthurst home on June 8 after reportedly researching how to make caffeine-laced alcoholic drinks online.
When she was taken to Sydney’s Westmead Hospital, she registered a blood alcohol reading of 0.4, over eight times the legal driving limit.
Paris died two days later, prompting NSW Police to warn of the dangers of homemade alcoholic mixes.
As 400 mourners gathered on Wednesday at the Hillsong Chapel at Baulkham Hills, her mother Sandy said she hoped her daughter’s death would serve as a warning to others.
“Lord, I ask today that this not remain a sad story,” she said.
“I pray that her mess turns into your message … For each of us to think deeply about what example are we displaying to our children and every young person that follows in our footsteps.
“That we blaze a trail going forward for where anyone that follows us will be safe.”
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Paris’s father and older sister Olivia also spoke at the funeral, describing Paris as a “scallywag” and a “really, really funny kid”.
“I cannot state how pointless and tragic and sad and avoidable the death of a 15-year-old child, drinking alcohol on their own, is in a place that should be a place of safety,” NSW Police Superintendent Rob Critchlow told 7 News last week.
“For this to happen in an unexpected and tragic and catastrophic manner is really damaging for all of us.
“Enough is enough. Dangerous alcohol has to stop.”
Sandy Kamper’s full eulogy
“Lord, I ask today that this not remain a sad story. I pray that her mess turns into your message … that every person listening to me right now find the strength, courage, resiliency, truth and conviction to speak her story.
For each of us to think deeply about what example are we displaying to our children and every young person that follows in our footsteps. That we blaze a trail going forward for where anyone that follows us will be safe.
Help us to be brave in the classroom, in the workplace, in our social circles and in our homes. Let Paris’ life be your story. Let her be their story. I love you Jesus and I know she rests in your arms and in your joyful abundant love.
Thank you for what you will do in all our live and for every miracle to come and every life that will be saved as a result of Paris’ life. She is your girl Lord long before you gave her to us.
I thank you with all that is in me for allowing me to be her mum everyday.”