Baby's death in Bourke St massacre hits home
WHEN Toowoomba man Lyndon Biernoff heard reports of the tragedy in Bourke St - that a man was accused of mowing down shoppers with his car in the Melbourne CBD - he did the same as others: hoped a friend wasn't among the victims.
So when he heard the son of his colleague Nawwar Hassan Bryant had died from his injuries, his heart began to ache.
Mr Biernoff spoke publicly about the bravery of his colleague after the tragedy and is rallying behind her family.
More than a dozen people were injured and so far six have died after a car ploughed through the busy shopping district.
Watching reports, Mr Biernoff had seen pictures of a pram which had been thrown to the ground, its contents spilled. He only later found out Bryant's two children, three-month old Zach and his sister Zara had been badly injured. Zach later died in hospital, the youngest of the victims.
Mr Biernoff knows Ms Bryant through his work at Jeunesse Global. A fellow team member in his business group, they had met in Melbourne.
Another colleague Angela Lucente had seen Ms Bryant post photos on social media that day. The mother had been planning a trip to the museum.
Ms Lucente grew worried after seeing reports and texted her, checking on her welfare.
Later that day Ms Bryant replied, her baby was in hospital and wasn't likely to pull through.
Ms Lucente said people in the company, and the general public, had shown enormous support.
"Even though they've never met her, they wanted to do something.
"Yesterday she said how much she appreciated the support of everyone."
Mr Biernoff said, as with all tragedies, there was a fleeting moment when he hoped that it was not his friends or family affected.
"Sadly in this case a beautiful family was affected." He said Ms Bryant had drawn on her Muslim faith to portray an amazing level of strength, speaking bravely during the eulogy.
"Their strength is inspiring many, particularly myself, although they had not expected an outpouring of love."
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