Singleton community rallies around family of shark attack victim Laeticia Brouwer, setting up fundraiser and memorial

Singleton community rallies around family of shark attack victim Laeticia Brouwer, setting up fundraiser and memorial

THE close-knit Singleton community has rallied around the family of the 17-year-old victim of a shark attack off Esperance.

Laeticia Brouwer was surfing with her father at Kelp Beds in Esperance on Monday, when she was mauled by a shark.

Singleton residents will gather this weekend to show their respects for Laeticia and her family.

A memorial session is planned to take place at Singleton Beach on Sunday at 5.30pm.

Attendees are encouraged to place a flower in the ocean in remembrance of Laeticia.

A Go Fund Me has been set up to help pay for funeral costs.

Organiser of the fundraiser Brad Pleiter wrote that while Laeticia’s family is “comforted by the knowledge that Laeticia is now at peace with her Lord and Saviour” they are still devastated by the immense loss.

“Leon, Julie, Alyssa and Eden are left behind and must struggle through a very difficult time in their lives, as they attempt to live on without her beside them,” Mr Pleiter wrote.

“While the pain of Laeticia’s loss can in no way be removed or lessened by our gifts, we can in this way help to ease some of life’s other burdens so that the family can focus on working through their grief.”

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