Pic via Twitter: @@JarradBrevi9More than 600 mourners farewelled South Australian father Damien Littleand his two young boys in a funeral service in Port Lincoln on Wednesday.
Mr Little, 34, took his own life and those of his sons, four-year-old Kodaand nine-month-old Hunter, on January 4.
Mr Little’s wife – the mother of the two boys – penned poetry in tribute to her husband and children in service cards given to mourners, theAdelaide Advertiserreports.
“It broke my heart to lose you/ Too soon you were gone,” Melissa Little wrote to her husband.
“You never said goodbye/ And only God knows why.”
To Koda, she wrote: “You were thoughtful and caring beyond your years/ Each moment spent with you will always be held dear.
“You should have had so many years to watch your life unfold/ And in the midst of all this watch me, your Mum grow old!”
For baby Hunter, “a baby so sweet with a precious smile”, she wrote: “You passed away so innocent and true/ So brief was your time I hardly knew.”
White, blue and yellow balloons were released into the sky following the funeral, held at theUnity Hill Christian Ministry Centre.
Damien, Melissa, Koda and Hunter Little. Mr Little deliberately drove off the wharf in a murder-suicide. Photo: South Australia police
A statement was released toFairfax Media from Ms Little and her parents Debby and Dale Goldsworthy, as well as Mr Little’s parents Ken and Sue Little and his family, following the funeral.
“Today we mourn the loss of three lives taken from this world too soon. Wewillsharesadnessthatwecannolongerseetheirsmiles,enjoytheirhugsandwatchthemgrow,” the statement read.
“Please respecttheprivacyofourfamiliesandthecommunity -sowecanallowthesethreesoulstonowrestinpeace.”
Mr Little took his own life and those of his sons when he shot them and himself beforedriving off a wharf in the Eyre Peninsula town, police said.
The investigation into the deaths continues and police saidissues including domestic violence and mental health will form part of a report to the coroner.
In a previous statement to media, Ms Little described her husband as her “childhood sweetheart” who loved his children.
“Damien valued and appreciated our close-knit family, he put us first, we were his whole world. He spent every hour providing quality time and teaching the boys how to live and grow,” she said.
“My wish is for Damien to be remembered as a well-respected and valued member of our family and our community.”
Mr Little, a labourer and petrol tanker driver, was also known in the community as a football coach and premiership player with the Lincoln South Football Club.
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