Memorial service held for 3 children on MH17

Otis, Mo and Evie and Otis Maslin died on flight MH17 with their grandfather Nick. Credit: Australian pool

The mother of the three Australian children killed on flight MH17 today told a memorial service her "arms would always be reaching for them."

Rin Norris broke down in tears as she spoke about their "innocent bodies being shut down from the sky" last month.

Mo, Evie and Otis Maslin, aged 12, 10 and eight, died alongside their grandfather Nick on the Malaysian Airlines plane.

Speaking about each of her children, Rin told how her eldest son Mo was known as Mo-Man or 'The Dude.'

Her 'princess' Evie was also known as 'Sweetpea' or 'Evie Girl' and how one of the many nicknames she had for her youngest son Otis was 'Oti Bob.'

The service at Scotch College, where Mo was a pupil, was attended by more than 1,000 people.

The children with their dad Anthony Credit: Australian pool

Holding back tears Rin said: "When their innocent bodies were shot out of the sky, I stretched my arms as high as I could and screamed for them.

"Now I see them only in my head. I can't imagine the memory of their bodies close to mine and the love in my heart will always be open for them. My arms will always be reaching for them."

Evie hugs younger brother Otis. Credit: Australian pool
Otis and 'The Dude' Mo in matching caps. Credit: Australian pool

Footage of the youngsters riding their bikes and swinging on a roundabout was played at the memorial service.