Hundreds farewell murdered toddler
November 1, 2007 - 2:45PM
Hundreds of people filled a community hall in the remote NSW
community of Brewarrina today to say a sad farewell to the
toddler killed and dumped in a Sydney duck pond.
Two-year-old Dean Shillingsworth became known as the Lake Angel
after children dragged a suitcase out of a pond in Ambarvale and
discovered his body inside.
More than 300 people attended his funeral service late this
morning in his hometown, in the state's north-west.
It followed a separate Sydney memorial service that last Friday
attracted 2,000 people to the Ambarvale duck pond.
Inspector Jason Weinstein, of Brewarrina police, said the
family's grief had reverberated through the town, which has a
population of 1,000.
'There were none of the scenes of anger that were shown in
Sydney,' he told AAP.
'The general community is in mourning. They expressed their
grief in the normal way.'It really is a community in sadness
The hearse bearing Dean's tiny white coffin, which was decorated
with balloons and flowers, was followed by a one-kilometre-long
cortege on its way to the cemetery.
Dean's mother, Rachel Pfitzner, of Rosemeadow, has been charged
with his murder and remains in custody.