Husband and children of Greek Australian Senior Police Officer Joanne Shanahan returned to crash site

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By Argyro Vourdoumpa

Three days after the high-speed crash that claimed the life of Greek Australian Detective Chief Superintendent Joanne Shanahan (nee Panayiotou), her husband, Peter and her children, Eleni and Nick, returned to the crash site in Urrbrae.

“What’s the one sentence that describes Mum, Eleni?” Peter Shanahan asked his daughter, as 10 News First reported.

“The most amazing woman in the world,” Eleni replied.

Family Of Police Officer Killed In Urrbrae Crash Pay Tribute

LOVING TRIBUTE | The husband and children of senior police officer Joanne Shanahan today returned to the scene of the crash that claimed her life. The family told 10 News First that they have lost the "most amazing woman in the world" – and for husband Peter, "the love of his life".

Posted by 10 News First Adelaide on Tuesday, 28 April 2020

“Mum was loved and she touched so many peoples’ lives and that’s really good to hear because this is what she loved doing,” said Nick, Shanahan’s son, commenting on the outpouring of support from the community.

“She is absolutely the love of my life,” told her husband Peter, who was behind the wheel on Saturday’s crash but managed to drive himself to the scene despite his injuries.

On Monday night, Adelaide landmarks were lit blue light to honour the two crash victims -Joanne Shanahan and Tania McNeill, 53, who was also killed in the three-car collision on Saturday.

“We thank the South Australian community for their support at this difficult time, and extend our sincere gratitude for this beautiful gesture – a fitting tribute for two vibrant women who could light up a room,” reads the message posted on the SA Police FB Page.

Blue lights are shining tonight on buildings across Adelaide as a sign of respect for the tragic loss of Chief…

Posted by The Greek Herald on Monday, 27 April 2020

The Greek Orthodox Community of SA also paid its respects, describing Superintendent Shanahan as a “wonderful and beautiful person”.

KWY Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Services CEO Craig Rigney told the ABC on Tuesday, that Ms Shanahan’s impact on the domestic violence sector was profound and that his organisation will name an award in her honour.

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