Friends, neighbours, and loved ones of Elisa Buhagiar, the 10-year-old Maltese girl who lost her life in a car accident on Thursday have laid their sadness and shock bare in emotional tributes to the late girl.
“How ugly death is,” said Matthew Sant Sultana, a neighbour to the family.
“I remember her joking around with me and calling me ‘Zach ta’ LaTħobbnix’. Her smile was indescribable. I went to the hospital in solidarity with her but what could I do apart from cry and try to find solace. The cries and the pain of parents who have lost their children cannot be described. I hope that you, whoever you are, love the people around you, cherish them and appreciate life because these are the moments that teach us how small we truly are. Rest in peace little one and take care of us from up above.”
He went on to say that he believed Elisa could have made a great actress due to her special character and smile.
Maya Camilleri, one of Elisa’s schoolmates, opened up to ONE News about the moment she found out her best friend had died.
“I had a big shock when the parents began messaging each other and saying it’s Elisa. I’ve known her since kindergarten, and we were good friends,” an emotional Maya said. “She had such a good heart, she helped everyone, even people she didn’t know.”
She continued to say that they were set to perform in a play together at their school, and were partners in the play. Maya and another friend laughed about how much fun Elisa had had during rehearsals of the play, and recounted just how much Elisa had enjoyed performing in the outfit she was wearing.
Another one of her best friends, Marya Mizzi, emotionally spoke about the last words her friends ever told her
“She had spoken to me, and she told me: Marya, I’ll always be with you, and I’m always going to love you as a friend,” Marya Mizzi, said.
A school concert at St Joseph in Blata l-Bajda, Elisa’s school, cancelled a concert planned for Friday as a sign of respect to her.
One person involved in the play posted a touching message to her referencing the rehearsals the school and Elisa had been busy with last week.
Education Minister Evarist Bartolo also posted a short message following the tragic news
Elisa, who was from Mtarfa, was also a member of the Scouts, and her former Scout leader opened up about her
“She was like a young woman, always dancing and doing cartwheels”, Antoine Vella, the Assistant Cub Scout leader at Mtarfa, told the Times of Malta. “This was a complete shock to us and it hit the community like a ton of bricks. She was very girly, and she loved animals. I keep hearing her laugh and I continue having flashbacks.”