Two of the five children killed in a horrifying jumping castle tragedy in Tasmania on Thursday have been remembered as ‘sweet, beautiful and caring’.
Student Addison Stewart was identified by her aunty Meghan Aherne as one of the five Year 6 students who died when a gust of wind picked up the jumping castle before it fell 10 metres to the ground, the Mercury has reported.
One of Addison’s classmates, Zane Gardam, has also been identified as one of the children killed.
Ms Arherne said Addison’s family was “devastated” and set up a GoFundMe page to help cover her funeral costs.
“I don’t even know what to write at this stage,” she said.
“Everyone is devastated, she was always such a sweet kind, old soul.”
Ms Arherne said Addison’s parents had another daughter and son.
“I’m hoping to raise some money for my brother and sister in-law to help pay for funeral costs and to pay off some bills for them while they try and navigate life without their precious daughter,” she wrote.
“They have another daughter and son to take care of and I’m hoping to alleviate some of the stress of bills.”
A GoFundMe page set up by close friends of Zane’s mother has already raised more than $5000 in support of the grieving family.
“Zane was such a beautiful caring, gentle soul who had challenges growing up with his autism and ADHD but that never set him back he kept achieving,” Grace Johnston, who organised the fundraiser, wrote.
Ms Johnston said Zane’s death had “shook so many people and the community”.
“We want to do anything to help make things a little easier for her (Zane’s mum Georgie Gardam) at this hard time,” she wrote.
“(So) we would like to help raise some funds to assist Georgie and her family in this hard time after the tragic loss of her gorgeous boy.”
Three more children are critically injured and another is in a serious condition.
Tasmanian Police Commissioner Darren Hine said officers’ “hearts are breaking for the families and the loves ones, schoolmates, teachers of these young people who were taken too soon”.
“On a day when these children were meant to be celebrating their last day of primary school, instead we’re all mourning their loss,” Mr Hine said.