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Buxton Crash: Read the family’s moving tribute to the schoolgirl killed in a horror outburst with four friends

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Stripped-down residents of a tight-knit community have gathered for the second time in two days to bid farewell to another teenage victim of a tragic utopia that cost five young lives.

Lily van de Putte, 15, died on September 6 in Buxton, southwest of Sydney, when a Nissan Navara ute collided with two trees, split in two and killed everyone except the alleged P-plate driver – 18-year-old Tyrell Edwards.

Summer Williams and Gabriella McLennan, both 14, also lost their lives in the smash, along with fifteen-year-old boys Antonio Desisto and Tyrese Bechard.

Tyrese’s funeral was the first of five and took place on Thursday morning at HisHouse Church in Picton – where Lily’s father, John van de Putte, attended.

Emotions ran high during Lily’s service at St Anthony’s Catholic Church in Tahmoor on Friday afternoon, as devastated friends and family gathered to mourn another young person whose life had been taken too soon.

Local residents have gathered around the victims’ families and expressed their support by decorating their homes, gardens, storefronts and vehicles with balloons in five different colors to commemorate each of the teens. Lily’s color is purple.

Party supplies stores in the area give away free balloons.

Lily Van De Putte (15) was one of five teenagers who died after the car they were in hit a tree on Tuesday night.

Lily was said goodbye to friends, family and classmates in an emotional service on Friday morning

Lily was said goodbye to friends, family and classmates in an emotional service on Friday morning

The hearse arrived before the Friday afternoon ceremony.

The small green coffin decorated with painted flamingos, leaves and flowers – topped with a large bouquet of pink and red roses.

Friends and family hugged as they arrived at the church, and many stood around the hearse waiting for the coffin to go inside.

Van de Putte previously told Daily Mail Australia that his daughter was staying with Gabriella’s family the night of the accident because he was in hospital and her mother was in Melbourne to care for a sick relative.

At about 7pm that night, the girls asked Gabriella’s parents if they could go get an ice cream.

They were allowed to go, provided Lily called her mother to ask for permission.

She never called her mother, but told her best friend’s parents that she did and that she was allowed to go out.

Van de Putte described Gabriella’s mother and father as “the strictest parents in the world” who decided to give their daughter some space and let her make the two-minute trip to McDonald’s for an ice cream.

Gabriella had never been allowed to drive a P-plate driver in the car until last Tuesday – before that she had only been driven around by close relatives.

A heartbroken John van de Putte is determined to ensure that the tragic death of his daughter Lily (pictured with her father) is not in vain

A heartbroken John van de Putte is determined to ensure that the tragic death of his daughter Lily (pictured with her father) is not in vain

Text from The Story by Brandi Carlile, read at Lily's funeral on Friday

Text from The Story by Brandi Carlile, read at Lily’s funeral on Friday

The teens were allowed to go out for an hour, but the parents began to worry when the girls were not home by 8 p.m.

When calls to their phones went unanswered, Gabriella’s father went looking for them and tripped over the wreckage.

Mr. van de Putte has no ill feelings towards Gabriella’s parents ‘at all’ and has tried to encourage them not to blame themselves.

When asked about his last conversation with Lily, the doting father recalled it fondly.

He was about to be taken to hospital for kidney surgery – a relatively standard procedure for people with multiple sclerosis, such as Mr Van de Putte.

Lily was worried, but he tried to reassure her that everything would be all right by giving her one last kiss and hug and saying, “Don’t worry about anything. It’s just a simple operation, I love you and I’ll see you tomorrow.’

The father recalled, “Then she ran up the driveway to give me a hug, and I left.”

Lily van de Putte, 15, (photo) who died in a ute crash last Tuesday, along with four of her friends

Lily van de Putte, 15, (photo) who died in a ute crash last Tuesday, along with four of her friends

John van de Putte (pictured with Lily) was in hospital when his daughter died in a car accident

John van de Putte (pictured with Lily) was in hospital when his daughter died in a car accident

Tuesday night, while unconscious, Lily—who was an aspiring electrician—sent him a text that said, “Dad, can I go out?”

He read that message on Wednesday morning and said he knew she was gone because he had multiple missed calls and his son entered his hospital room in tears.

A family friend has a Go finance me campaign for Lily’s family after the tragic accident.

Despite initial reports that most young passengers were not wearing seat belts, Mr Van de Putte claimed that all but one of the passengers were wearing seat belts.

Driver Tyrell Edwards, 18, was the lone survivor of the crash and has been charged with five counts of dangerous driving resulting in death

Driver Tyrell Edwards, 18, was the lone survivor of the crash and has been charged with five counts of dangerous driving resulting in death

Police allege that Edwards used his phone to film Snapchat videos of him dodging at 90km/h before allegedly hitting two large trees that split the ute in half.

Edwards was struck by five counts of dangerous driving resulting in death and was refused bail at Picton Local Court last Thursday.

He was taken to Metropolitan Remand and Reception Center in Silverwater.

Witnesses claimed the car was traveling at ‘high speeds’ and was on the wrong side of the road before turning back to the right before the accident.

According to court documents, four of the teens were thrown from the back of the vehicle.

They were found ‘at close range, caught by confinement’.

Edwards was reportedly unable to extricate himself from the wreckage while another victim was trapped in a passenger seat.

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