The mother of Brothers for Life founder Bassam Hamzy braces each time she answers the door of her Auburn home.
It’s here Lola Hamzy has been shot at, collapsed at the news of her murdered son, and learned about the arrests of her other two sons.
This week Ms Hamzy bravely answered the door and was again reduced to tears after learning of news she didn’t expect; but this time is was welcomed.
“I’m so happy, I’m so happy, this is really good,” Ms Hamzy said as she was told police were turning up the heat on the killers responsible for her son’s execution.
Mejid Hamzy was executed on the driveway of his Condell Park home in October last year by two masked gunmen.
“It was his 44th birthday last week, I miss him every day, I can’t forget him — just last night he came to me in my dreams.
“He was an honest man, a family man, and he was good. Everyone brings up my other son Bassam … it’s not right.”
Bassam Hamzy is one of the country’s most notorious criminals, jailed for life in 2002 for a shooting murder at a Sydney nightclub in 1998.
He was also convicted for conspiring to murder a witness due to give evidence against him.
Ms Hamzy says Mejid was “only good” and worked at Flemington Markets while raising four orphaned children with his wife.
This week NSW Police criminal group detectives released CCTV of two hitmen in black, which showed them running towards Mejid outside his Simmat Avenue home at 8am on October 19.
They also released images of the men driving a black Mercedes with partial number plate EHV, seen in the Moorebank area 20 minutes after the murder.
Police say there are many possible motives and can’t rule out an ongoing feud they believe continues between the Hamzys and the Alameddines, a rival crime family.
“We know some of them are feeling the pressure and we will continue (to) make their life difficult,” Criminal Group squad boss Superintendent Rob Critchlow told media this week.
“Regardless of what people think about the participants in these conflicts, the people that have been murdered leave behind family that love them; Mejid was killed on the doorstep of his home.”
Ms Hamzy strenuously denies her family is engaged in a conflict with the Alameddines.
“We don’t have nothing against the Alameddines, nothing going on between us; we never said the Alameddine family killed my son,” Ms Hamzy told 9News as she sat on a couch in her living room.
By her side was her daughter Mejida, who says she cannot why anyone would want to murder her brother.
She last saw him three days before he was killed, when he dropped in at his mother’s house on his way home from the gym.
“I think it was a shock to everybody because Mejid was not part of that lifestyle at all,” she said.
“He was never a violent person, he helped everyone in the family and was a peacemaker.
“Mejid had not spoken to Bassam for 15 years – he wasn’t allowed to anyway – and everyone keeps linking them.”
Ms Hamzy survived after being shot in the stomach after her home was fired at several times in 2014.
But she struggling to survive the loss of Mejid.
“I still don’t believe it, I still ask myself, ‘why?'”
Despite her family’s chequered history with police, Ms Hamzy says she trusts the detectives will catch her son’s killers.
“They are doing good; they are doing a good job.
“I hope [the killers] get punished just like what happened to my son, that’s what I wish,” she said.