Friends of girl killed in Bali gather in her honour

Robert Hundley

Grieving close friends of Olyvia Cowley have collected to honour her memory after the 24-year-previous died in Bali very last month.

The group shared a drink and cheered to the 24-year-old’s memory in a touching moment which was later on uploaded to social media.

“An unfortunate nonetheless attractive ship off for our darling lady. So dearly loved and missed,” close friend Tehina Hosking wrote on Instagram.

A gentleman shouted “this is Lyv’s” just before the packed room entire of persons cheered and downed their beverages.

Before in the working day the group gathered at Hillsong Church at Highland Park to farewell “one of the funniest and sweetest girls to at any time walk the earth”.

Olyvia died “unexpectedly” on the Indonesian vacation island on August 19 following quitting her task and transferring overseas earlier this calendar year.

She was farewelled on Saturday with buddies attending in bright coloured garments carrying sunflowers – the same day she was intended to return from Bali and shift into a new dwelling.

A white coffin topped with sunflowers was carried within by her relatives, and carried back out at the conclude of the two-hour services as five adult males performed a Haka.

At the ask for of the relatives, the mourners wore a palette of bold, brilliant colours, to celebrate their “Livy’s” warm and passionate zest for lifestyle.

Olyvia’s mother, Christina Blakelock claimed “no mom should hardly ever have to truly feel this pain”.

“The total time I was in Bali I stored asking is there just about anything I can do? How do I get by it? But the 1 bit of hope I had is that it felt like Olyvia was there with us,” she said as a result of tears.

“When I went in to pack up her home she was right there and there was such a peace. When I walked into the morgue I saw a vibrant yellow light. And I know which is your colour Livy.”

Olyvia’s sister, Hope, was squeezed tightly by her brothers as she shipped a heartfelt tribute.

“Livy had an effect on so many of you. On Could 11, 1998, not only did I get a sister, but a very best good friend,” she mentioned.

“She was so witty and often acquiring us into difficulties or finding us out of it.”

In an particularly devastating moment, Hope was found right after the support urgent her hand against the window of the hearse, as her companion held on to her.

Hope had posted on-line before the provider – “Today’s all for you my girl”.

“I hope I make you proud sissy.”

Attendees dressed in vibrant colors as asked for by the loved ones to celebrate Ms Cowley’s everyday living.

Quite a few set on a courageous face or smiled at memories of Ms Cowley as they arrived at the ceremony.

But when the white-painted coffin arrived, several mourners appeared taken aback by the sight of it and struggled to hold themselves alongside one another.

Social media posts prior to her demise showed Ms Cowley experiencing a poolside life style on the Indonesian island. The factors behind her loss of life have not been publicly launched.

At the end of Saturday’s services, attendees spilled out onto the avenue, with Ms Cowley’s pals and relatives witnessed openly weeping in excess of their loss.

In a nod to the younger woman’s New Zealand heritage, a Haka was executed as pallbearers carried Ms Cowley’s coffin outdoors.

The big team of mourners ended up viewed embracing outside the house the church following the provider, right before lining up as they bid Ms Cowley a ultimate goodbye.

It was believed some 250 persons gathered to pay their respects.

Earlier in the week, friends attained out with messages of guidance on social media, as one female compensated tribute by putting up a video clip montage of exclusive times with Ms Cowley.

“Our fearless and unapologetically true Lyvvy,” friend Tehina Hosking wrote on Instagram.

“You are lovely past measure. We really like and pass up you immensely.”

“Thank you for lighting my world. Until finally we satisfy once again my adore, take a look at us in our dreams and gentle the skies baby lady.”

A GoFundMe has presently elevated near to $15,000 to support Ms Cowley’s household with expenditures.

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