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Family and friends say final goodbyes to Wellington crash brothers

Sheldon (left), 6, and Shane (right), 7, are finally set to be laid to rest more than seven weeks on from a horror crash at Wellington, in NSW's central west, that claimed their lives

The parents of the two young brothers killed in an alleged hit-and-run collision that shocked Australia have finally united in grief at the boys' funeral.

Despite a bitter seven-week court battle between them over where the boys would be buried, father Joseph Shorey and mother Shayleen Frail each contributed moving tributes to their sons at the funeral.

Ms Frail's desire to give the service a strong sense of the boys' Aboriginal heritage was on display, with many mourners wearing Indigenous-themed football jerseys.

At one stage the boys' mother was seen cradling a small girl as she stood before framed portraits of the boys atop their small, white caskets.  

The funeral had been delayed by disagreement between the parents over how to put the boys to rest, with a judge ultimately ruling that Ms Frail's wishes should be respected. 

Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7 were allegedly killed by unlicensed driver Jacob Steven Donn, 25, when he lost control of his Holden Commodore while doing burnouts in the small town of Wellington in New South Wales' central west on January 5.

The two boys died instantly while family friend Mataya Ah See and their mother Shayleen Frail were among three others injured in the crash.  

Hundreds of family and friends lined William Street for an emotionally-charged drive-by of Shane and Sheldon's coffins before the service.

Local schoolchildren stood by the side of the road as a hearse drove slowly to meet the boys' loved ones - who had gathered in solidarity at the end of the street to show their respects. 

The boys spent much of their lives being raised by their grandparents on the quiet street on the town's outskirts.

Dressed in a vibrant array of team colours - from the Parramatta Eels to the Brisbane Broncos and the Aboriginal All-Stars - a crowd of more than 300 well-wishers gathered by the banks of the Bell River to support the family as they wept through their grief.

One of the boys' small, white caskets is carried by pallbearers at the funeral service held at Pioneer Oval, Dubbo

Friends and family consoled father Joseph Shorey in the moments before the service began, offering the grieving father a supportive hug.

'The moment you died my heart was torn in two - one side filled with heartache, the other died with you,' he wrote in the funeral’s order of service.

'I often lie awake at night when the world is fast asleep and take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheeks.

'Remembering you is easy, I do it every day but missing you is heartache that will never go away.'   

Ms Frail reminisced meanwhile about her two boys who 'loved a good little life'.

'As I cry myself to sleep each night, I try to distract myself with memories of you both,' she said. 

'Sheldon - you were cheeky and the ladies loved you indeed, such an outgoing little man and forever so sweet. Shane my big boy, you were a strong, brave and caring young boy.

The boys' mother Shayleen Frail covers her face in grief during the moving ceremony at Dubbo, in NSW's Central West

The boys' father Joseph Shorey shows the emotion of saying farewell to his six and seven-year-old sons

Shayleen Frail hugs an unidentified young girl beside the caskets of her sons, Sheldon and Shane Shorey, at the funeral

'Always making friends even though at times you were coy.' 

A relative of the family, Wayne Wilson, spoke of the two boys’ love of sport at the funeral service.

'Anyone would have thought Shane was born with a football in his hands,' he said. 'Sheldon was a big ladies man and an entertainer - there was never a dull moment.

'He was always doing the floss and other Fortnite dances.

'There are so many yarns we could tell but they would never end.

'These boys were beloved by their mum, their dad, their grandparents and their aunties.'

Wilson told how the boys moved to Wellington in 2016 to live with their grandparents and had played footy on the same oval where their funeral was held on Friday.

In keeping with Sheldon's love for song and dance, their coffins were led out of the funeral service to the tune of Jason Derulo's 'Savage Love'.

A small community shattered by the death of two young brothers in an alleged hit-and-run collision that shocked Australia have started paying their respects

Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7 were allegedly killed by unlicensed driver Jacob Steven Donn, 25, when he lost control of his Holden Commodore while doing burnouts in the small town of Wellington in New South Wales' central west on January 5

Tearful mourners huddled around the hearse before the service moved onto the boys' burial at Wellington Lawn Cemetery - where those gathered tightly around their coffins and laid flowers.

Almost a dozen uniformed police officers as well as SES officers and ambulance workers also turned out at the public memorial. The family had thanked first responders for their efforts dealing with the horrific crash site in January.  

The personal moment for those closest to the boys came just an hour before their official funeral service at the town's Pioneer Oval. 

Officers initially charged Donn with 13 offences including dangerous driving occasioning death. 

Hundreds more are expected to gather under a marquee next to the oval before the boys' bodies are laid to rest at the nearby Wellington Cemetery

Local schoolchildren stood by the side of the road as a hearse drove slowly to meet the boys' loved ones - who had gathered in solidarity at the end of the street to show their respects

Police have now charged him with a string of additional offences including two counts of manslaughter, two counts of aggravated dangerous driving occasioning death while under the influence of drugs, and dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. 

Donn is in custody and will reappear at Dubbo Local Court on March 10.   

Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, were walking home from the local pool with their mother, older brother and a family friend when they were allegedly struck by the car.

Police allege that in the moments before Donn ploughed into the group, he was doing burnouts on the road. 

When he was later arrested by police, officers allegedly found a prohibited drug in his possession.    

The boys' father Joseph Shorey when he arrived at the scene of the devastating crash in Wellington back in January

Their mother Shayleen Frail wanted her boys buried in Wellington, while their father Joseph Shorey - who now lives in Queensland - wanted their bodies to be cremated.

Justice John Sackar ruled the wishes of Ms Frail should be respected, meaning they were farewelled at the funeral near Dubbo together. 

In his judgement Justice Sackar said he ultimately ruled in favour of Ms Frail because he believed Mr Shorey's relocation to Queensland was 'his choice'.

 'The grief suffered by all relevant persons on the death of these two small boys is unimaginable. The Court's task is difficult and challenging but this dispute must in everyone's interest be resolved expeditiously,' he told the court.

'It is not possible in a case like this absent compromise to produce a perfect solution.

'But I am satisfied as a matter of discretion and in all circumstances that the Plaintiff (Ms Frail) should have the carriage of the children's burial in Wellington as proposed.'

The boys' mother Shayleen Frail wanted the boys buried according to Aboriginal tradition, leading to a court battle

Jacob Donn has been charged with multiple offences in relation to the death of the two boys in Wellington on January 5

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