The father of a hairdresser gunned down in a gangland shooting has broken down, revealing he wished he had died instead of his beloved “angel”.
Amy Hazouri, 39, was killed alongside Lametta Fadlallah, 48, shortly before 9pm on Saturday when a hail of bullets struck their car in the southwest Sydney suburb Panania.
Ms Fadlallah had mixed with some of Sydney’s biggest underworld criminals including members of the Alameddine crime network and Comanchero bikie clan, The Daily Telegraph reported.
Underworld sources told the publication her reputation could have been behind the brutal killing.
“Angel, angel,” Amy Hazouri’s father Khaled told Nine News. “(She was) friendly to every people.”
Ms Hazouri’s family earlier issued a heartbreaking tribute as they desperately seek financial help to have her flown to her family in Lebanon.
While it is believed Ms Fadlallah’s knowledge of Sydney’s crime network may have been linked to her killing, police said on Sunday Ms Hazouri had no links to organised crime.
Her sister, Manal Raunegger, on Sunday evening wrote on Facebook, “Amy, you left us too soon my darling. May Allah have mercy on you, the heart of your sister. I can’t believe it, you’re done, you won’t tell me again”.
Ms Raunegger called on her community to share a GoFundMe page on Monday, so the family could have her body transported out of Australia.
“Amy Hazouri was my beautiful sister, who was an innocent party who was murdered in southwest Sydney on Saturday 13th August 2022,” Ms Raunegger wrote to the page.
“Amy was the sole provider for our family in Lebanon that is currently struggling with the economic crisis in Lebanon. We require urgent funds to carry out funeral services and transfer her body to Lebanon to lay at rest.
“Our mother is not well and cannot travel to Australia to see her daughter. We are asking family, friends and the community to donate what they can and share this page around as we require urgent funds during this time as we cannot afford this service.
“Every dollar and support us appreciated. May her soul rest in peace.”
The family hoped to raise $25,000 via the fundraiser.
Police said on Sunday Ms Hazouri had no links to organised crime, nor did a 16-year-old girl and 20-year-old man who were also inside the car at the time of the shooting, leading police to believe Ms Fadlallah to be the target of the shooting.
Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said police believed the attack was premeditated.
“It was a planned murder, an assassination really, and it’s happened in a public street in Sydney,” he told reporters in Bankstown.
“It’s unacceptable by any standards. It’s unprecedented, really. And we are determined to get the answers for the family.”