The mother to three of the victims in one of Australia’s most tragic and infamous crimes has died.
Cindy Gambino, the mother of three boys who were murdered by their father at a Winchelsea dam in 2005, died on Tuesday at just 50 years of age after suffering a medical episode at her home on Sunday.
Her ex-husband Robert Farquharson deliberately drove his car off the Princes Highway into the dam on Father’s Day, leaving the three boys to drown as he swam away.
In a statement released on Thursday, Ms Gambino’s family remembered her as a “warrior for justice”.
“Cindy has been a warrior for justice since losing her three sons, Jai, Tyler and Bailey, in an act of vehicular murder committed by their father, Robert Farquharson on 4 September 2005,” they said.
Since her three sons’ appalling murder, Ms Gambino had remarried and went on to have two new sons.
“Through unfathomable tragedy and suffering came new hope, with Cindy and Stephen going on to have two sons, Hezekiah and Isaiah,” the family said.
“The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and appreciation to all people and organisations who have stood by Cindy and the family throughout the many difficult years they had to endure.
“The family are shattered at Cindy’s untimely passing and request that their privacy be respected, noting the grief Cindy’s husband, Stephen, and sons, together with her stepsons and immediate and extended family are going through.”
Farquharson was found guilty of the murders back in 2007 and sentenced to life without parole, before again being convicted by a jury in a 2010 retrial.
He is serving a life sentence with a 33-year minimum term.