A popular teenage TikToker was seated in the front seat of the car when her hairdresser friend and a gangland mum were murdered in a horrific double shooting.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the 16-year-old, who cannot be named, was close with 39-year-old Amy Hazouri and often spent time with her at her salon in southwest Sydney and socially.
On Saturday, she’d been invited to attend an engagement party with Ms Hazouri and 48-year-old Lametta Fadlallah to create social media content at a Lebanese restaurant.
That’s when as many as four hitmen reportedly pushed the teen’s head forward and killed her friend and acquaintance with a hail of bullets.
On Monday, the teenage survivor shared a message to friends and her tens of thousands followers on her social media accounts about the shooting.
She provided a harrowing account of what unfolded and how she hasn’t been able to stop crying since.
The young woman added she ‘is not joking about her experience’ and paid tribute to her dead friend.
‘Amy was very kind to everyone and loved everyone,’ she said in a short tribute on Instagram.
The 16-year-old, who cannot be named, was close with 39-year-old Amy Hazouri (above) and often spent time with her both in her salon in southwest Sydney and socially
Police said on Sunday the teenager, who has more than 100,000 TikTok followers, and 20-year-old male friend are both traumatised.
‘They’re both incredibly shaken, but they’re uninjured… They’re assisting and they’re devastated,’ NSW Police Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said on Sunday.
He added both young people were ‘lucky they weren’t also killed’ in the ‘incredibly violent, horrific crime’.
Earlier this year the teen made a short clip highlighting her favourite moments with the hairdresser, saying she hoped to be beside Ms Hazouri ‘all her life’.
‘I love you so much, you were always next to me when I needed you and I’ll always be next to you,’ she said in the message.
At one point the teen made a short clip highlighting her favourite moments with the hairdresser, saying she hoped to be beside Ms Hazouri ‘all her life’
Ms Hazouri has been remembered as a sweet and kind woman who went out of her way to help those around her.
Separately, the 39-year-old’s nail artist shared a sweet conversation they shared just days before the tragic death.
‘Life is so unfair, I wish this is not the truth,’ she said. ‘You texted me with loving words that if I need anything just let you know but now you gone [sic].’
Ms Hazouri has been remembered as a sweet and kind woman who went out of her way to help those around her. The 39-year-old’s nail artist shared a sweet conversation they shared just days before the tragic death
Investigators initially suspected Fadlallah was targeted because of her connections to organised crime as the one-time lover of two well-known underworld figures – former gangster Shadi Derbas and 200kg standover man Helal Safi
The message accompanied a screenshot of Ms Hazouri’s last message to the woman, which read: ‘Good morning sweetheart. Have a safe trip, enjoy your holiday. If you need anything let me know.’
Both victims, along with the teenage girl, were preparing to leave Ms Fadlallah’s home to head to her boyfriend’s son’s restaurant in Strathfield for an engagement party when they were set upon.
The 16-year-old had reportedly been asked to promote the venue on her social media channels.
Adel Dayoub had been dating Fadlallah for about 12 months and his son told Daily Mail Australia Mr Dayoub had given police anything he could to help investigate her slaying.
Adel Dayoub and Lametta Fadlallah (pictured) had been dating for a little over 12 months and she was getting to know his family before her death on Saturday
The son of Adel Dayoub, who had been dating Lametta Fadlallah for a little over 12 months told Daily Mail Australia his father is helping police investigate the 48-year-old’s shooting death
Dayoub Jr., who runs the Massaya Lebanese Restaurant in south Strathfield, said he and his father were as mystified as everyone else as to why she was violently murdered.
‘We don’t know anything, we were just getting to know her over the last year,’ Mr Dayoub Jr. said.
‘She was very nice. My dad is in shock. He is not alright, he’s grieving.’
Investigators initially suspected Fadlallah was targeted because of her connections to organised crime as the one-time lover of two well-known underworld figures – former gangster Shadi Derbas and 200kg standover man Helal Safi.
Dayoub Jr., who runs the Massaya Lebanese Restaurant in south Strathfield, said he and his father were as mystified as everyone else as to why she was violently murdered
The 48-year-old was first married to Derbas in the 1990s, a key member of the Telopea St Gang – coined after the Punchbowl, Western Sydney street – which rose to infamy between 1998 and 2000 as a hornets’ nest of Middle Eastern gang activity.
More recently, she was the long-term girlfriend of underworld figure Safi – who was found dead in a Sydney apartment in January 2021 after suffering a heart attack.
A crime world source has claimed Ms Fadlallah was an active member of the city’s drug trade and subsequently owed people money, with police noting her 30-year connection to some of the city’s most notorious gangsters.
One source referred to her as ‘a very big drug dealer’, while another told Daily Mail Australia police were investigating potential debts she had amassed with ‘scary’ underworld figures.
Underworld sources also suspected she was leaking information to the secretive NSW Crime Commission before she was executed.
A forensic officer was seen in a car as it was towed from the home of a woman killed in a tragic double shooting