“I know your [sic] up there in heaven looking down on us all with a massive smile,” he said.
“We will miss you every day. I know your [sic] up there riding your dirt bike and playing soccer!
“You were such a strong beautiful girl full of energy [who] loved going to school and playing with others. I know your [sic] still here with all of us in our hearts.
“I love you Lucinda [sic] … rest in peace beautiful angel.”
A family friend who created an online fundraiser to help the King family’s funeral costs said Lacinda’s parents Jason and Brooke were “absolutely broken”.
“Being so close to Christmas it breaks my heart knowing that her mother, father and baby brother (who she adored so much) wont [sic] be spending this Christmas with joy and happiness,” family friend Casey Stone said.
“Lacinda was such a smart, happy, polite and very beautiful little girl … words can not describe the pain her family would be going through.”
Christine Avery, the principal of Werrington Public, said additional school counsellors were available to help students deal with the tragedy.
“The thoughts and deepest sympathies of the staff, students and community of Werrington Public School are with Lacinda’s parents, family and friends at this time of sorrow,” she said.
A Penrith City Council spokesperson said the impact of the tragedy would be felt beyond the local community.
“All at council are deeply saddened and shocked by the news [on Monday] regarding an incident involving a Council truck at Cambridge Gardens,” the spokesperson told Nine News.
“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim and those involved and impacted.”
Police are still investigating the crash but have not arrested or charged the truck driver.
Josh Dye is a news reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.
Esther Han is a journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald. She has covered state politics, health and consumer affairs.