Monday 15 August 2022 05:46 PM Son of Sydney shooting victim Lametta Fadlallah, killed alongside hairdresser ... trends now
Ms Fadlallah's adult son Abraham Derbas told Daily Mail Australia: 'Nobody deserves this'
'Nobody deserves this,' said the grieving son of Sydney double shooting victim Lametta Fadlallah, who was brazenly assassinated by a hitman on the weekend.
Ms Fadlallah, 48, was gunned down alongside her hairdresser outside her home in Panania, south-west Sydney, on Saturday evening while in the back of a Toyota 4WD.
Investigators suspect she was targeted because of her connections to organised crime as the one-time lover of two well-known underworld figures: former gangster Shadi Derbas and 200kg standover man Helal Safi.
Ms Fadlallah's adult son, Abraham Derbas told Daily Mail Australia on Monday evening that his mother should be remembered as a 'very nice lady', while his grandmother, ZamZam Derbas described what had happened as an unprecedented 'tragedy'.
'Nothing ever happened like this before, nothing,' she said.
On the night of her gruesome death, she was on the way to her new partner's popular Lebanese restaurant Massaya, in South Strathfield, to attend an engagement party.
Amy Hazouri, 39, had just stopped over at Ms Fadlallah's home to blow-dry her client's hair for the special party and was also invited to tag along to the shindig.
The hairdresser died in a hail of gun fire sitting next to Ms Fadlallah just as they were about to drive away.
Police believe Ms Hazouri was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Lametta Fadlallah (above) was killed in an assassination on Saturday that saw her and her hairdresser Amy Hazouri shot outside her southwest Sydney home
Grandmother, ZamZam Derbas (pictured left with Ms Fadlallah's son, Abraham Derbas) called her death an unprecidented 'tragedy'
Her former brother-in-law, Mounir Sajad, told the Sydney Morning Herald he had pleaded with Ms Hazouri to not associate with Ms Fadlallah, given her reputation as an underworld figure.
But Ms Hazouri did not feel she was in any danger.
Her sister Manal Raunegger wrote a heartbreaking post online revealing that Ms Hazouri was the sole breadwinner for her family back in Lebanon which is currently struggling with an economic crisis triggering food, fuel and medicine shortages.
'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,' she said.
'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 is appreciated. May her soul rest in peace.'
Hairdresser Amy Hazouri (above) is believed to have been 'collateral damage' in the assassination against Lametta Fadlallah on Saturday
On the night of her gruesome death, Ms Fadlallah was on the way to her new partner's popular Lebanese restaurant Massaya, in South Strathfield (pictured), to attend an engagement party
Mrs Derbas still lives in the street where a member of Ms Fadlallah's one-time husband Shadi's gang killed innocent Korean schoolboy Edward Lee in a year of bloody violence which erupted in southwestern Sydney.
The 1998 death of 14-year-old Lee, who was knifed while attending a birthday party a few doors away by Telopea Street gang member Mustapha Dib, sparked a police crackdown which incited even more gang violence.
In the same year, Telopea Street gang members were involved in their own double shooting, when Shadi Derbas and other gang members were present while infamous gangster Michael Kanaan shot two men outside the Five Dock Hotel.
Shadi Derbas was convicted of hindering investigations into the Five Dock murders of Adam Wright and Michael Hurle.
Telopea gang members later shot up the Lakemba police station and were allegedly involved in drive-by shootings.
The gang folded in 2000, in the wake of Shadi Derbas' conviction.
Shadi Derbas is understood to have long since turned his back on a life of crime and has not been in a relationship with Ms Fadlallah for several years.
Ms Fadlallah's mother (left) said her daughter's name has been 'trashed' following her death
Ms Fadlallah and Ms Hazouri were shot while inside a Toyota 4WD on Saturday while on the way to Ms Fadlallah's engagement party (pictured, Ms Fadlallah's home and the scene of the shooting)
The driver of the car, a 20-year-old man, drove the car around the corner while the vehicle was still under fire (pictured, blood stains on the street two days after the assassination)
Police continued to scour the scene on Monday (pictured) 48 hours after the double murder
Ms Fadlallah's heartbroken mother also talked to Daily Mail Australia on Monday, saying that her daughter's reputation had been 'trashed' when she deserves to be 'remembered well'.
Her sister-in-law said the family received many calls and thanked people for their sympathy and kind words.
The family asked to be left alone to grieve in peace.
Ms Fadlallah rented the duplex