Parents of Alexander and Bridget Jones thank strangers for wall collapse help

Posted: March 31, 2013 by Rizwan Riyad in News, world
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Unimaginable loss The parents of the brother and sister struck by the falling brick wall in Melbourne, have spoken of their unimaginable loss.

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THE parents of a brother and sister crushed by a brick wall in Melbourne have thanked the strangers who helped their children.

Melbourne University students Alexander and Bridget Jones were walking on Swanston Street in Carlton on Thursday when a section of brick wall collapsed on them.

Tributes continue to in pour in for 19-year-old Alexander, while Bridget, 18, suffered critical injuries and is fighting for her life in hospital.

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It’s understood that Jones had attempted to shield his sister from the falling bricks when the wall, estimated to weigh up to seven tonnes, came crashing down.

Their parents, Sue and Ian Jones, said they’re devastated by the terrible circumstances surrounding their beautiful children and thanking those who helped

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“We understand people who were passing by and the emergency services did everything that they could and we are so grateful these people tried their best for our children.”

They said their hearts go out to the family of the other woman, believed to be in her 30s, who was killed in the tragedy.

Alexander, who was known to his friends as Zander, was a former school captain at Montmorency Secondary College.

School principal Allan Robinson said the Montmorency community was devastated.

“This is a loss of enormous proportions,” he told reporters.

“He was an incredible young man, throughly respected and admired by every student and every member of staff at Montmorency Secondary College.

“We’ve lost a really incredible young person. I believe it’s fate gone horribly wrong.”

Alexander’s friends wrote messages today in chalk on the pavement next to where the wall collapsed including: “Zander for PM”.

Friends also took to Facebook posting photos of themselves with Alexander and described him as a hero and a brave man.

A man who cared for Bridget while they waited for an ambulance to arrive believes Bridget is still alive because Alexander fell on her.

In a tweet Melbourne University said its thoughts were with the Jones family and it will offer to hold a memorial service.

“The University of Melbourne community is deeply saddened and distressed at the tragic events of last Thursday,” the tweet said.

Police are yet to formally identify the woman in her 30s who was killed.

The coroner, Victoria Police, WorkSafe and Grocon will all conduct investigations into the collapse.

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