Filming Revesby: The heartbreaking last phone call from murdered hairstylist Amy Hazouri
Just hours before being struck down by a hail of bullets, innocent hairstylist Amy Hazouri made one last tragic phone call to her mother.
“Mom, I’m with a client. I’ll finish the client and call you,” she said.
But the promised call never came.
Instead, Ms Hazouri’s mother, Elham Meliji, picked up the phone to find her daughter had been shot dead in a gang bang in Sydney’s south-west.
Ms Meliji, who lives in Austria, says she spoke with her daughter on the phone twice a day before her tragic death.
Ms Hazouri was planning to travel abroad soon to see her mother for the first time since 2016.
“In the morning, I was on the phone with her. She said to me, ‘Mom, I’m with a client, let me finish dyeing her hair,’ Ms Meliji told the ABC.
“She said, ‘I’ll finish the client and I’ll call you.’ I told her: “Honey, I have a day off today, so I want to talk to settle the travel plan in Lebanon”.
Ms Meliji told the ABC that her daughter was set to marry a Lebanese man she met at the start of the pandemic and was planning an engagement party in November.
When he found out she had been shot, he had to be rushed to hospital.
Ex-detective’s theory about what got Lametta Fadlallah killed
Almost four days after the brazen shooting that rocked Sydney, questions remain as to why the two women were targeted and how the attack took place.
Known gangster mum Lametta Fadlallah, 48, and Ms Hazouri, 39, were shot dead in the suburb of Panania near Revesby on Saturday night.
Also in the car were a 20-year-old man and his friend, a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly a close friend of Ms Hazouri. Despite this, the pair survived the targeted blow unharmed.
As things stand, police say Ms Hazouri – who accompanied Ms Fadlallah to an engagement party after doing her hair – was an innocent bystander killed in what police said was a “planned murder”.
A former NSW Police Organized Crime Squad police officer and detective and crime expert, Professor Michael Kennedy, said Ms Fadlallah’s outgoing personality made her a target in Sydney’s organized crime network.
Talk to The Australianher mother, Nadia Fadlallah described her daughter as someone who “liked to party”.
“She liked to dance, she liked to drink,” she said, although she doubled down that Ms Fadlallah was “not (an) underworld figure”.
Likewise, neighbors who lived on her quiet street said she was “friendly and outgoing” and regularly threw parties, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Professor Kennedy, however, claimed it could have been his undoing.
“She drives like she’s some kind of gang leader,” he said.
“That’s not how things work in these kinds of families. It might be fine to be the party life in Hollywood, but not if you’re part of an organized crime structure, where you want to keep a low profile.
“She made herself responsible”
According The Daily TelegraphMs Fadlallah was known to be involved with criminals at the time of her death.
She had also been married to Kings Cross drug dealer and confidant Helal Safi and was romantically involved with former mobster Shadi Derbas.
Describing the structure of crime families in the Middle East, Prof Kennedy said that “everyone has their place”, adding that it is essential to be “low key” and not to be “ostentatious”.
“If you want to be professional, you don’t drive in a Maserati, you’re very civil and that’s why things survive. That’s what gives them longevity,” he said.
Noting the place of women in family criminal networks, Prof Kennedy said: “The women in their lives were all integral to what was going on.
“There are a lot of Arab women who are very involved (in family crime circles in the Middle East). They run a small business, like a milk bar that facilitates drug trafficking, and they organize meetings within the family structure.
Speaking about Ms Fadlallah’s death, Prof Kennedy said he thought she had probably ‘crossed the mark’.
“She did something that created a problem and it turned into a disability,” he said.
In the days following the murder, many tributes were paid to Ms Hazouri.
Writing on Facebook, her sister said: “(She) was my sister in law, who was an innocent part who was murdered.”
While police said Ms Hazouri had no criminal history, Prof Kennedy said those behind the attack could have ‘had the wrong person’ and accidentally killed her.
“It depends on who actually fired and whether they were people who were part of a family who were just dealing with a problem that had arisen, or whether they were young people, personalities organized crime who weren’t as careful,” he added. he said.
Another explanation could have been that she was “collateral damage”.
“Remember, this is a big business of making money, and usually it’s also about protecting the interests of the family or the group,” he said. declared.
“These things happen within organized crime and it’s unfortunate.”
What are the rules?
Since the murders of Ms Fadlallah and Ms Hazouri, police like Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty have called the attack “unprecedented”.
While there have been at least 15 gang shooting victims in Sydney this year alone, Ms Fadlallah is the first woman to be killed.
Det Sup Doherty claimed there were previously ‘unwritten laws’ that protected women and children from such attacks, but ‘the rules have been thrown out the window’.
“I think it just goes to show how low they are where anyone that can be associated with someone they want to target…they don’t discriminate whether you’re male or female,” did he declare.
However, Professor Kennedy said ‘there is no rule book when you talk about organized crime’.
Instead, he compares Sydney’s underworld to a business.
“You look at any workplace and there are consequences – it’s no different than any other business, it’s just that the end result in organized crime is very permanent,” a- he declared.
“It’s very, very brutal and it’s always been that way.”