Community describes girl killed in ramming as 'happy and bubbly'

Police identify ramming victim as 10-year-old Thalia Hakin, Jewish community leaders express shock and mourning.

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Scene of terror attack in Jerusalem
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10-year-old Thalia Hakin has been identified as one of the victims of Friday's ramming attack in Melbourne, Australia.

Hakin, who was a student at Beth Rivkah Ladies College, was with her family on Bourke St. when a terrorist deliberately rammed his car into pedestrians, killing Hakin and four others, including a 3-month-old baby. Thirty more people were injured in the attack.

Hakin's mother, Nathalie, and 9-year-old sister Maggie were injured in the attack, and are still hospitalized.

The 26-year-old terrorist, Dimitrious Gargasoulas, was shot and arrested. However, Authorities claim the incident was not a terror attack.

Both Hakin girls have been described as "always happy and bubbly," with "bright and warm smiles."

College Rabbi Yisroel Sufrin told The Age, "We are obviously shocked," he said. "We are in mourning. It's a young girl who's just finished year 4, about to start grade 5.

"It's devastated not just her own classmates but all the girls that knew her in the school, the entire school body and the entire Jewish community.

"It really has hit very hard."