An incredible show of strength as tragic Port Lincoln family laid to rest

Friends and family of Damien Little, who killed himself and his two sons in Port Lincoln earlier this month, came together today
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Friends and family of Damien Little, who killed himself and his two sons in Port Lincoln earlier this month, came together today to lay Koda, Hunter and their father to rest in a packed private funeral.

Both sets of grandparents were present along with Damien’s four brothers and hundreds of others. Throughout this ordeal, Koda and Hunter’s mother Melissa has shown a staggering depth of forgiveness, repeatedly asking that her husband not be condemned for his actions, which were “just not him”.

His mother made a similar appeal, saying her son felt he had to be perfect. She said, ““He is our son and we loved him dearly. He was a beautiful kid, loving, caring. We are just broken.”

Damien shot his sons, aged four and nine months, and himself before driving their car off the town’s wharf. He had been suffering mental illness for up to three years.

Melissa wrote a poem for each of her three lost loves, which she read as part of the service.

Hunter

You passed away, so innocent and true

So brief was your time, I hardly knew.

A baby so sweet, with a precious smile

The time I had with you, was so worthwhile.

You showed your love through cuddles in a special way,

An early arrival for heaven that day. 

Koda

I see your smiling eyes each morning when I wake.

I talk to you and place a kiss upon your lovely face. 

You were so willing, with open arms to embrace. 

With a look of love and laughter written all over your face. 

You were thoughtful and caring, way 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 of this, watch me, your mum, grow old.

Damien

It broke my heart to lose you

Too soon you were gone.

You never said goodbye

And only God knows why.

Still and quiet here I lay

Trying to cope in my own way.

If love alone could have saved you

You never would have died.

There’s now a hole no-one can fill

Within my heart I love you still.

With the boys and their father laid to rest 

Melissa previously released a statement about her childhood sweetheart, saying: “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.”

The investigation into the death continues and The Age reports that domestic violence and mental health will be considerations in the report to the coroner.

Join us in sending our condolences to the Little family, to the devastated grandparents of Koda and Hunter, and their incredibly brave mother.

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  1. So so sad. So much admiration for this young wife and mother. RIP Damien, Koda and Hunter.

    • Yes RIP Koda & Hunter rest in gods care. Dont really care about their monster father!!!

      • A little compassion would be far more appropriate than your nastiness. This was a loving husband/father who suffered through mental illness not from his own choices. If his wife can forgive him by seeing past his illness and remember him for him wonderful values then who are we to judge.

  2. So very sad & tragic & Mum is still in a deep grief, of course. To me it is ultimate DV. He is still controlling her from the grave, & also from what she written of her ex husband.

  3. So very sad & tragic & Mum is still in a deep grief, of course. To me it is ultimate DV. He is still controlling her from the grave, & also from what she written of her ex husband.

  4. So very sorry for the loss of life of these very young children , who were taken too early by their father by murder suicide

  5. So very sorry for the loss of life of these very young children , who were taken too early by their father by murder suicide

  6. Thank you for loving your Damien and the boys xx you are really special, you did not deserve to lose you boys, buy they shit happens but it is so lovely you can forgive and live with what has gone down…. it is so tragic, that he felt he had to do that xxx

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