Tributes as wall claims third life

Alexander and Bridget Jones Alexander Jones, 19, of Montmorency, with his sister Bridget (left).

Teenagers Bridget and Alexander Jones, who were killed when a wall collapsed in Swanston Street, were Carlton supporters on their way to meet their father for the Carlton v Richmond AFL game at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Ms Jones, 18, died at the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Sunday morning after succumbing to severe head injuries.

Ms Jones’ 19-year-old brother died while trying to shield her from falling debris at the former Carlton and United Breweries site on Thursday.

Police believe the third person killed in the incident was a Mount Waverley woman aged in her 30s. She is yet to be formally identified.

The parents of the Montmorency siblings have described them as ”kind-hearted and respectful” in a statement.

Ian and Sue Jones thanked the bystanders who tried to help their children, as well as police and staff at the hospital.

”Alexander was planning on studying law and perhaps going into politics. Bridget was considering becoming a teacher.

”They loved sport, particularly tennis, which they played since they were five, and all different genres of music.”

WorkSafe and Victoria Police are continuing to investigate and police have renewed calls for witnesses to come forward.

More than 5000 people have joined Facebook pages dedicated to the former Montmorency Secondary College students.

On Sunday, friends and well-wishers gathered at the Swanston Street site.

Bricks from the 2.4 metre wall lay in piles of rubble behind a steel fence, adorned with cards, photographs of the teenagers and bouquets.

While the pavement was still stained red from the fallen bricks, colourful chalk messages paying tribute to the victims stood out.

”Together always and forever,” one message said.

A statement from Melbourne University, where the pair studied, said the university community was ”deeply saddened and distressed” by the tragedy and would offer to hold a memorial service.

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