The parents of Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin, who died along with their grandfather when flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine on Friday, led an emotional gathering in memory of them in Perth today.
Anthony Maslin and Rin Norris walked on to the oval after the game between Scarborough Junior Football Club, for which their 12-year-old son Mo played, and Wembley Downs Junior Football Club.
Supported by family and friends, the devastated couple released green, gold and black balloons in honour of their children and Ms Norris’ father Nick, who was bringing them back to Perth on MH17.
Earlier this morning Mo’s Sea Eagles year 7 teammates stood in line opposite their opponents for a minute’s silence in honour of their lost friends.
The young players wore black armbands as a mark of respect to Scotch College pupil Mo and his family.
It was an emotional day for families and everyone involved in the closely-knit football club.
Team coach Troy Ramshaw said he had known and coached Mo since he came into the club three years ago.
“He was a terrific young lad. He was always very, very respectful, quite a little character. He was only slight in build but he was a terrific young guy, most enjoyable to coach. He never complained about anything. It was just a pleasure to have him around,” he said.
Mr Maslin and Ms Norris returned to Perth last night (Sat) after learning that the Malaysian Airlines flight that was carrying their family from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur had crashed in rebel-held territory in Eastern Ukraine.
Mr Norris, 68, was bringing his grandchildren home after a two-week holiday in Amsterdam, where the Maslin family had previously lived.
Mr Maslin and Ms Norris were planning to stay in Amsterdam for a few days on their own before returning to Perth tomorrow/mon.
Sea Eagles president Steve Cross said it was a very sad time for the close-knit family club.
“I think everyone’s just devastated. They are such a popular family throughout the club. We’ve been talking to child psychologists to make sure we’re doing the right thing,” he said.
“We’ve just got to pull together. There are so many people who want to come down here today to support the club.”
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