MEMBERS of the community shocked by the deaths of Elie Issa and Nadia Cameron on Friday have remembered the couple for their friendly and kind-hearted natures.
Tributes to the pair and messages of sympathy for the families were left on social media and outside their places of work over the weekend.
Just a few hours after the news broke on Friday afternoon, flowers had already begun to appear outside Elie’s Cafe and Bathurst Real Estate on William Street.
Frequent visitors to Elie’s Cafe spoke of the way the owner always greeted them with kisses and was always smiling.
“Walking in to Elie’s cafe will never be the same, being greeted by the wonderful Elie himself with a contagious smile and chuckle!” Candace-Anne Jones wrote on Facebook.
“My love, thoughts and prayers are with both families at this horrendous time!”
The staff at Bathurst Real Estate also posted a tribute to their colleague online and at their office.
They offered their condolences to the families suffering during this difficult time and recognised Ms Cameron for her positive presence.
“Nadia will be sorely missed within the Bathurst Community and will always be remembered for her kind nature, positive attitude and her ability to always see things in a good light,” their message read.
“Our thoughts are with Nadia’s family at this sad time.”
Mayor Gary Rush said members of the community will stand strong and support one another as they grieve together in the days and weeks following the tragedy.
“The community is deeply shocked and saddened by the tragedy that occurred on Friday,” he said.
“Collectively we feel for the families involved and collectively our thoughts and prayers are with these families and we express our sincerest condolences to them.”