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Kate Leadbetter and Matt Field farewelled in Brisbane funeral after they were mowed down #Kate #Leadbetter #Matt #Field #farewelled #Brisbane #funeral #mowed

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They say dogs are the best people, so there’s every chance pooches Frankie and Django knew exactly why they were at Brisbane’s Iona College on Monday – along with hundreds of heartbroken friends and family of a pregnant couple who were hit and killed in a horror Australia Day crash.    

Kate Leadbetter, 31, Matt Field, 37, and their unborn son, Miles, were farewelled in a private ceremony at Mr Field’s old school two weeks after they were mowed down by a teenage driver allegedly high on drugs and driving a stolen car while walking their two beloved dogs in Alexandra Hills, Brisbane

Frankie still bears telltale markings of the accident, with her back leg bandaged in pink tape and sections of her front leg shaved. She disappeared immediately after the crash, and wasn’t found until midday the following day.

Some 1,300 locals came together to help find her after the family revealed she suffered from Addison’s disease and required daily medication to say alive. She was immediately taken to a local veterinary clinic, who nursed her back to health.  

Both of the couple’s beloved dogs Django and Frankie (wearing pink bandage) attended the funeral, and looked lost as the family said their goodbyes

Heartbroken friends and family of a pregnant couple who were hit and killed by a teenage driver in a horror Australia Day crash have turned out to say their final goodbyes

Heartbroken friends and family of a pregnant couple who were hit and killed by a teenage driver in a horror Australia Day crash have turned out to say their final goodbyes

Devastated members of the families hugged one another and dogs Django and Frankie watch on as two police officers on motorbikes led the hearse into the private school

Devastated members of the families hugged one another and dogs Django and Frankie watch on as two police officers on motorbikes led the hearse into the private school

Devastated friends and family have farewelled Matt Field, 37, (left), Kate Leadbetter, 31 (right) and their unborn son Miles who were killed in an Australia Day tragedy in Alexandra Hills

Devastated friends and family have farewelled Matt Field, 37, (left), Kate Leadbetter, 31 (right) and their unborn son Miles who were killed in an Australia Day tragedy in Alexandra Hills

After the service, the two dogs watched on as the hearses carrying Ms Leadbetter and Ms Field drove away. 

Devastated members of the families hugged one another as two police officers on motorbikes led the hearse into the private school.

Mourners dressed in bright colours and floral patterns, while a group of young men in Iona College uniforms lined the streets as the caskets of the young couple were brought through. 

The large crowd gathered outdoors on the school grounds before relocating for the service.

Queensland Police said the family, who do not want to be named, ‘extend their gratitude to the community for the support it has shown during this incredibly difficult time’.  

‘Both families understand there will be a high degree of interest from the community,’ a Queensland Police spokesman said.

‘They wish to have their privacy respected so that everyone attending (including school-aged children) can say goodbye and grieve privately’.

Floral bouquets (pictured) adorned the coffins of Kate and Matty at a private ceremony held on Monday

Floral bouquets (pictured) adorned the coffins of Kate and Matty at a private ceremony held on Monday

One of the couple's dogs Frankie (right) watches on as family and friends celebrated the lives of Kate Leadbetter, 31, Matt Field, 37, and their unborn son, Miles, which were abruptly cut short on January 26

One of the couple’s dogs Frankie (right) watches on as family and friends celebrated the lives of Kate Leadbetter, 31, Matt Field, 37, and their unborn son, Miles, which were abruptly cut short on January 26

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her boyfriend Matthew Field, 37, died after they were allegedly hit by a teenage driver in Alexandra Hills on the evening of Australia Day. Also pictured are their beloved pets, dogs Frankie and Django and their cat

Kate Leadbetter, 31, and her boyfriend Matthew Field, 37, died after they were allegedly hit by a teenage driver in Alexandra Hills on the evening of Australia Day. Also pictured are their beloved pets, dogs Frankie and Django and their cat

Queensland Police have since released a statement on behalf of the grieving families.

‘Today, alongside our friends and family, we farewelled Matt, Kate and baby Miles, during a private ceremony,’ the harrowing statement began.

‘Our families would like to thank everyone who joined us to say goodbye and extend our sincerest thanks to the wider community for the support and compassion it has shown us. 

‘To the first responders and police who looked after Matt, Kate and Miles, and who have supported our families throughout this difficult time, words cannot express the depth of our gratitude for the way you have cared for each and every one of us. We are incredibly grateful for everything you have done.

‘We also would like to thank the staff at Iona College who went to great lengths to help us in farewelling Matt, Kate and Miles today. 

It was their wonderful assistance which allowed us to remain COVID complaint today through the use of their school halls and live streaming capacity to ensure we met all guidelines.

‘Our families need time together to grieve. Our hearts go out to everyone missing them today, and we thank you for honouring their memories with us.’

Mourners dressed in bright colours and floral patterns as they farewelled Kate Leadbetter, 31, Matt Field, 37, and their unborn son, Miles at a private service (pictured) at Brisbane's Iona College

Mourners dressed in bright colours and floral patterns as they farewelled Kate Leadbetter, 31, Matt Field, 37, and their unborn son, Miles at a private service (pictured) at Brisbane’s Iona College

Both dogs were also at the ceremony, after Frankie fled the scene and disappeared following the crash. She was later found in need of urgent medical treatment as she suffers from Addison's disease and requires daily medication

Both dogs were also at the ceremony, after Frankie fled the scene and disappeared following the crash. She was later found in need of urgent medical treatment as she suffers from Addison’s disease and requires daily medication

Their broken families gathered at Iona College, where Mr Field went to school, for an emotionally-charged funeral

Their broken families gathered at Iona College, where Mr Field went to school, for an emotionally-charged funeral

Mourners dressed in bright colours and floral patterns, while a group of young men in matching black suits lined the streets as the caskets of the young couple were brought through

Mourners dressed in bright colours and floral patterns, while a group of young men in matching black suits lined the streets as the caskets of the young couple were brought through

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field (pictured) had been dating for more than four years and were expecting their first child

Ms Leadbetter and Mr Field’s families have only spoken publicly once about the tragedy, explaining that the couple were so excited to be parents and had recently decided on their son’s name – Miles.  

‘To have lost three cherished members of our families in such a senseless and sudden way is beyond our comprehension,’ one of the family members said. 

‘We are grief stricken that they never got to experience the birth of their baby boy who we discovered in recent weeks was to be named Miles.’

Family and friends are seen as two hearses containing the coffins of Matt Field and Kate Leadbetter are given a guard of honour by students at Iona College

Family and friends are seen as two hearses containing the coffins of Matt Field and Kate Leadbetter are given a guard of honour by students at Iona College

Their broken families gathered at Iona College, where Mr Field went to school, for an emotionally-charged funeral

Their broken families gathered at Iona College, where Mr Field went to school, for an emotionally-charged funeral

Heartbroken friends and family of a pregnant couple who were hit and killed by a teenage driver in a horror Australia Day crash have turned out to say their final goodbyes

Heartbroken friends and family of a pregnant couple who were hit and killed by a teenage driver in a horror Australia Day crash have turned out to say their final goodbyes

This map shows the movements of the teen accused of running the couple down

This map shows the movements of the teen accused of running the couple down

Ms Leadbetter was due to give birth in just a few short months and had already prepared a nursery  for her son, Miles

Ms Leadbetter was due to give birth in just a few short months and had already prepared a nursery  for her son, Miles

‘There is a nursery created by Kate and Matt with joy and love and anticipation that our little grandson, Miles, will never occupy.’

The family members stood arm-in-arm and held back tears as they expressed how distraught they were that the couple had their dreams of parenthood taken away.

Described as ‘talented and funny and such good company’, the couple had recently shared an ultrasound of their unborn son.

Ms Leadbetter was due to give birth in just a few short months.

The 17-year-old who was allegedly behind the wheel was remanded in custody on numerous charges including two counts of murder at Brisbane Children’s Court after the incident.

His case was adjourned until the end of March.

Young men in what appears to be the Iona College uniform lined the street as the hearses were brought through

Young men in what appears to be the Iona College uniform lined the street as the hearses were brought through

Frankie and Django watched on as their beloved owners were taken away in hearses

Frankie and Django watched on as their beloved owners were taken away in hearses

The large crowd gathered outdoors on the school grounds before relocating for the service

The large crowd gathered outdoors on the school grounds before relocating for the service

Pictured: The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving at the time of the crash

Pictured: The Toyota LandCruiser that the teenager was allegedly driving at the time of the crash



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