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 today.' 
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.