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Outpouring of Prayer and Support as Community Mourns for Little Julian Cadman

A Western Sydney school community has poured out prayers and support for the family of Julian Cadman, killed in last week's terrorist attack in Barcelona.

By Linda LouFriday 25 Aug 2017NewsReading Time: 4 minutes

A Western Sydney school community has poured out its prayers and support for the family of Julian Cadman, the little boy killed in last week’s terrorist attack in Barcelona.

Seven-year old Julian was visiting Spain last week with his mother Jumarie, known as Jom, to attend a family wedding, and was knocked to his death on August 17 in the terror attack on the street Las Ramblas, a popular tourist attraction.

Julian was among 13 people killed in the horrific attack, in which a van driven by a terrorist hurtled through crowds, also leaving more than 120 peope injured.

Floral tributes for Julian Cadman

Above: Flowers left in memory of Julian Cadman at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School. Image: Facebook/ St Bernadette’s Catholic School.

For some days after the terror incident, Julian was reported missing, with family and friends sending out requests for support and any information on social media. After it was confirmed that Julian had died, the Cadman family released the following statement:

“He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces. We are so blessed to have had him in our lives.”

“Julian was a much-loved and adored member of our family. As he was enjoying the sights of Barcelona with his mother, Julian was sadly taken from us. He was so energetic, funny and cheeky, always bringing a smile to our faces. We are so blessed to have had him in our lives and will remember his smiles and hold his memory dear to our hearts.

“We would like to thank all those who helped us in searching for Julian. Your kindness was incredible during a difficult time. We also acknowledge we are not the only family to be affected by the events, our prayers and thoughts are with all people affected.”

A ‘Beautiful Little Boy’ who Greeted People With Hugs

Julian Cadman

Loving and affectionate: Julian Cadman on an overseas holiday. Image: Facebook.

Julian was in Year Two at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School in Lalor Park, where he had attended since kindergartern.

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Mark Rix, the spokesman for Sydney Catholic Schools, told the ABC that Julian was known in the school as a “beautiful little boy”, who was “full of life” and who greeted friends, teachers and even the principal with a hello and a hug.

The school staff were informed on Saturday that Julian had died, and met on Monday morning to be given expert advice on how to handle the situation.

“The counsellor briefed them on appropriate ways to deal with this kind of news and how you relate that to children,” he said.

Counsellors were in classrooms supporting children and staff, and parents also had access to counsellors after the Monday morning school assembly. On Monday evening, parents and teachers gathered at the school and in homes to pray for the Cadman family.

Candles lit in memory of Julian Cadman

In memory: Candles were lit and parents gathered to pray for the Cadman family at St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School on Monday evening. Image: Facebook / St Bernadette’s 

Karuna Nicodemus, a mother whose children also attend St Bernadette’s, told The Blacktown Advocate  that she and her children were devastated to hear of Julian’s death.

“We saw him every day with his grandmother at the bus stop. The children are really upset because it’s very sudden news. They play together; it’s very sad,” she said. “As a mother I can’t explain how horrible it is. It’s such a devastating experience, such a lovely boy. You’re scared even to go to public places.”

Greg Witby from the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta said in a statement that the school community was praying for the Cadman family.

“Together with the St Bernadette’s community, we pray for Julian’s family, particularly his mother Jumarie who was seriously injured in the attack, his father Andrew, and for all those affected by this terrible event,” he said.

An Outpouring of Support for Cadman Family

Hundreds of comments and condolences have been left on a Facebook page set up in memory of Julian. St Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School also took to Facebook, to post a message of thanks to the community: “Thank you to all schools and community members who have shown such overwhelming support for Julian, his family and his own St Bernadette’s community. Such generosity shows the great love for Julian and the sorrow felt for his loss.”

Financial support has poured in from around the world to support the Cadman family. Scott Bowman, a long term friend of the family has set up a ‘Julian & Jom Cadman Fund’ on the online fundraising site GoFundMe, to help the family with both funeral costs and medical costs. Julian’s mother Jom is expected to need several operations for her injuries. The page has raised over $216,000 of its $1 million goal at the time of writing.

Mr Bowman posted a comment in gratitude to those who had donated, saying that every bit counted.

“Thank you to every last one of you who have donated,” he wrote. “It will provide a small amount of good news to a family that desperately needs some right now.”

To support the Cadman family head to GoFundme.com/the-julian-jom-fund.