In Memory Of Rebecca Lyn Maher
We, her family are devastated. Rebecca has 4 beautiful children who she loved more than anything.
We were not able to be by her side as she died, but we can be her voice now. It is our hope that we can honour Rebecca, who was an Aboriginal (Wiradjuri) woman and a much loved daughter, sister and mother. We hope to raise enough money to pay for her funeral costs and a headstone for her grave.
When her children are older our wish is that they can see that their mother was not alone,that her life mattered and that her family honoured her memory.
The most important thing to Rebecca was that her children have the future that all children deserve. If there is any money left after paying for the funeral and headstone please be assured that it would go towards her children’s futures.
We, Rebecca's family hope that Rebecca's death will be the last death in custody and that no other family will have to suffer this devastating trauma and grief.
Any help with donations would be deeply appreciated by our family and make a huge difference. One dollar or five dollars whatever you can afford – we will be forever grateful.
It has now been almost two months since our beloved Becky died. We still have no answers as to how she died and why she died. What do we tell her children?
We feel powerless in the face of a system that has this information, or certainly must have a lot of this information by now, and we do not. Rebecca is OUR daughter, OUR sister and her children's mother. We have a right to know what happened that night; a lot of people know what happened that night but they are certainly not telling us. The longer we are waiting the more we are getting anxious about what exactly went on that night.
Here is a link to another article by Sarah Whyte.
We are devastated by Becky's death and the way she died. The last thing we want is more families to suffer grief like this and we are so very sad that so many are. Each week seems to bring more tragedy and more trauma to our Aboriginal communities. It needs to end. Black lives matter.
Interview with ABC 7.30
This article spells things out really clearly. Please have a read.
Hi Debbie, Sorry about your continued anxiety, I can't begin to imagine how the grief and frustration with the lack of information must be hurting. After reading about what amazing work the NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Service is doing, stopping deaths in custody, and that it wasn't getting funded, I've been supporting it ever since. To hear about Rebecca's death in custody, where protocols weren't followed in not contacting the service is disgusting. I hope you get the proper reports soon, they can't just think no-one will follow this up. Please keep us posted with your progress. Kind Regards, David