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Mourners farewell murdered toddler Sanaya Sahib

ABC

ABC

Pink and yellow balloons have been released by a crowd of up to 100 people at Olympic Park in Melbourne in memory of 14-month-old Sanaya Sahib who was allegedly killed by her mother.

The toddler’s body was found nearby in Darebin Creek on Sunday and Sofina Nikat has been charged with her murder.

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Local resident Anne Lewis said she felt compelled to attend the vigil.

“It’s the community, it happened in the local area,” she said.

“She’s a little angel it should never have happened.”

Adults and children wrote messages on balloons in Sanaya’s memory, such as “fly high” and “rest in peace princess”.

After a stirring rendition of Ave Maria, the balloons were released.

The Victorian government has said an inquiry will be held into Sanaya’s death.

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