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Death at the Canberra Centre today 09/08/2008

By OzChick 9 August 2008 25

I went to the Canberra Centre today and I saw a body (covered) in a stretcher being taken down the carpark ramp where Target is.

There were forensic police there and two firetrucks. A tarp was used to cover the passage way where the body was being taken to the car so that they were not in full view of the main street.

I was told by a person working at Target that the body had been there since 8am this morning and that they had closed off the entire carpark above Target. 

Does anyone have any idea what happened?

UPDATE: Unconfirmed reports have it as a suicide from the car park roof. If so our condolences go to family and friends of the departed.

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rosie_bubz 8:50 pm 01 Sep 08

i was driving past the canberra centre when the police had the tarp up and i wondered what happened..so sad
there should be more light shed on suicide as it happens a lot more than people realise…i am only 20 and i already know 4 people whoo have commited suicide

Whatsup 1:48 pm 27 Aug 08

A few years ago a friend of mine worked in a shopping center in Melbourne and they reported that there was at least one suicide a week similar to this. They were never reported in the media but the staff at the stores all knew. You would probably be shocked at how often this happens, these 2 people wont be the last and would not have been the first.

OzChick 1:03 pm 27 Aug 08

^ Oh wow, that is awful…

TarquinRex 12:42 pm 27 Aug 08

Sad thing is, there was a copy-cat incident, exactly one week later … A young woman jumped from just one storey, on Petrie St (also at Canberra Centre, from on top of the Aldi loading dock). She landed on her head and apparently survived – placed in an induced coma – though I think she died in hospital.
There was much less police presence, though forensics did attend, as the victim survived and was taken to hospital, unlike the previous incident, where the body was left overnight for ten hours before discovery, and then not removed until 2pm the following day. This was far more visible as street access to the Target carpark was blocked.
A bad week for the city centre.
My condolences to the families of both concerned.

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