Swanston St wall collapse: French uni researcher identified as third victim
THE third victim of the fatal wall collapse on Melbourne’s Swanston St which killed two others has been identified as French national Dr Marie-Faith Fiawoo. Sandra Qian reports.
A Monash University researcher from France, Dr Marie-Faith Fiawoo is the third victim in the tragedy that claimed the lives of two others who were also walking by the brick wall at the former Carlton and United Breweries site.
Dr Fiawoo, 33, was killed when the 15-metre long wall on Swanston St collapsed last Thursday.
She had been staying in Melbourne for more than a year and was working as a post-doctoral research fellow at Monash University’s Clayton campus.
The parents of Dr Fiawoo are now en route to Melbourne after being notified on Friday.
Friends and well-wishers gathered at the site of the collapsed wall on Sunday, paying tribute to the victims.
Eighteen-year-old Bridget Jones, who was rushed to the Royal Melbourne Hospital passed away on Sunday from critical injuries.
Her brother, 19-year-old Alexander Jones died at the scene of the collapse as he shielded his sister from falling bricks.
Monash University has expressed it is deeply saddened by the news of Dr Fiawoo’s death, in a statement released yesterday.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dr Fiawoo’s family, work colleagues and friends and to the family and friends of Alexander and Bridget Jones also victims of this terrible tragedy,” the statement said.
Multiple investigations of fatal collapse are currently being conducted by Victoria Police, Worksafe, the Victorian Coroner and Grocon, the developer which owns the site.
In a statement, the City of Melbourne said it would “co-operate fully” with the investigations.
“We expect the inquiries to look into all aspects of the collapse, including the placement of the hoarding attached to the wall,” the statement read.
“With investigations underway, it is important that all the information is gathered and carefully assessed.”