Tributes flow amid tears

Dorine’s classmates Godwin Imo, Kelly Chapman and Sona Shabu hold a picture of him.
Dorine’s classmates Godwin Imo, Kelly Chapman and Sona Shabu hold a picture of him.

The community united and paid tribute to the 11-year-old boy after his tragic death last Monday.

A reversing car hit Dorine in Nollamara while he was riding his bicycle to school.

Memories and prayers were shared at a Eucharistic Celebration memorial mass held in his honour at the school’s church, St Gerard Majella in Westminster on Friday.

Dorine’s Year 6 classmates remembered their friend with a video tribute.

In the courtyard, they sang his favourite song Hall of Fame before releasing blue and white balloons with farewell messages to a friend they will deeply miss.

Classmate and friend Kelly Chapman (11) said the tribute was very fitting because Dorine was a very passionate singer and dancer.

‘It’s also fitting because his name should be spread around the world like the song says,’ she said.

‘God made him special and he should be remembered.

‘The white balloons signified doves and the blue signified the sky and heaven as well as our school colours.’

Best friend Godwin Imo (11) said he would miss playing soccer with Dorine.

‘He was a very good soccer player and very smart ” he was good at everything,’ he said.

Aney Anthony, a close friend of the Prince family, said it was hard for the family now because the house was quiet without him.

‘He was very active,’ she said. ‘He was always doing something and willing to help.

‘He was a very religious boy and was an altar boy at this church.’

School principal Mark Miloro said the community’s support for Dorine’s family was terrific. ‘The family are beautiful people and our lives will go on but they will always miss him,’ he said.

‘I don’t think you could have a harder week than what we’ve experienced as a community but it has brought out the best in people. That’s brought us along and helped us cope with our grief.’