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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Irish dad-of-two stabbed to death in Sydney will be laid to rest just days after son's anniversary

Published 06/04/2016 | 09:01

Keith Collins who was stabbed while on a date in Sydney
Keith Collins who was stabbed while on a date in Sydney

A beloved dad who was stabbed to death on a first date in Sydney will be laid to rest this weekend, just days after the third anniversary of his son's death.

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Keith Collins (53) died after he was stabbed during a first date in a Sydney restaurant last week.

It is understood that single dad Keith met Jovi Pilapil, a care nurse and also a single parent, on a dating website.

The date took a sinister turn however when Ms Pilapil's ex-husband, Alexander Villaluna, allegedly stabbed the successful businessman in his neck and chest. Ms Pilapil was also stabbed but managed to escape to an upstairs shop where she collapsed.

Describing her brother s "larger than life", Ms Collins told fellow mourners the funeral will take place at midday, Saturday at the Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Wyoming, followed by a reception at the Wamberal Surf Club.

Keith's sister Audrey Collins told friends and family that they are "warmly invited" to join the family as they "celebrate the life of Keith Collins".

Tributes paid to 'amazing man' Keith Collins (inset). Main picture: The scene of the attack in Sydney
Tributes paid to 'amazing man' Keith Collins (inset). Main picture: The scene of the attack in Sydney

She also paid tribute to her nephew, Keith's son, who tragically passed away three years ago following a car crash in 2013, aged just 23.

Writing on her Facebook page, Ms Collins said she would see both Keith and Aaron in heaven one day.

"Three years today buddy! You will always be remembered, missed and loved," she wrote alongside a photograph of Aaron.

"I can only imagine the joy of the reunion of you and your dad.

"He missed you so, so much. I will see both of you in heaven one day. Love you Aaron!".

Dramatic footage from the moments after the harrowing attack on Mr Collins show the suspect being arrested as he sat calmly nearby after stabbing the couple.

Alexander Villaluna (44) was later charged with murder and attempted murder and will appear again in court on May 26.

Australian police previously told the Irish Independent that Ms Pilapil is recovering after minor surgery.

Investigators are gathering statements and examining mobile phone footage of the killing.

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