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Baby joy for Australian couple whose three children died on Flight MH17

Published 13/05/2016 | 10:27

Baby Violet May Maslin has been born in Perth to a couple whose three children were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 two years (Maslin Family/Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/AP)
Baby Violet May Maslin has been born in Perth to a couple whose three children were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 two years (Maslin Family/Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade/AP)

An Australian couple whose three children were killed in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine two years ago have welcomed a new baby, saying the birth has given them faith that love trumps hate.

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Anthony Maslin and Marite Norris, of the western Australian city of Perth, said the arrival of their daughter Violet May Maslin, on Tuesday, had brought them "love and light, hope and joy" after enduring two years of grief over the loss of their three children.

Mo, 12, Evie, 10, and Otis, eight, died with their grandfather, Nick Norris, when Flight 17 was shot down by a missile over eastern Ukraine in July 2014. At the time, the couple said they were living in an "ongoing hell", with the pain they felt unfathomable.

In a statement on Thursday from the Australian foreign affairs department, the couple said they believe Violet is a gift sent by Evie, Mo, Otis and Nick.

"Violet's birth is a testament to our belief that love is stronger than hate," the couple wrote. "We still live with pain, but Violet, and the knowledge that all four kids are with us always, brings light to our darkness. As Martin Luther King said, 'Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that'."

A Dutch civil investigation concluded that the plane was downed by a Soviet-designed Buk surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board died.

Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysia Airlines crew members hold flowers as they wait outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims' bodies of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 to be flown back, in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
A Malaysia Airlines crew member holds flowers as she waits outside Bunga Raya Complex at Kuala Lumpur International Airport where victims' bodies of the ill-fated Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 is scheduled to be flown back, in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
The remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
An honour guard stands by as the remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are lowered from an airplane during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Relatives of the victims of the MH17 disaster cry during a minute's silence during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Relatives of the victims of the MH17 disaster react during a minute's silence during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of an MH17 victim are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of victims of the MH17 disaster are carried from a plane during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Malaysia Airlines employees react during a repatriation ceremony at the KLIA airport in Sepang, for victims of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Airport workers and staff watch the repatriation ceremony for the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang on August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
A relative (C) of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster prays as the plane carrying victims' remains arrives for a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
The remains of a victim of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster are carried during a repatriation ceremony at the Bunga Raya complex of KLIA airport in Sepang August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris
Malaysian Army soldiers carry a coffin containing one of the bodies of the downed MH17 flight upon arrival at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, August 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
Malaysian Army soldiers stand at attention as coffins bearing the bodies of the downed MH17 flight are lowered from a plane upon their arrival back home at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia, Friday, Aug. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
The remains of a victim of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 are carried during a repatriation ceremony at KLIA airport in Sepang, August 22, 2014. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Maslin and Norris said they would continue to love all four of their children equally.

"Violet brings some hope and joy for us," the couple wrote. "We hope she brings hope and joy for you too."

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