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Ex-Radford, ANU student Bhavita Patel dies after Bourke St massacre

By Charlotte Harper - 1 February 2017 2

Bhavita Patel. Photo: Facebook

The sixth person to die as a result of the Bourke Street killings in Melbourne, 33-year-old Bhavita Patel, is a former Canberran who attended Radford College and the Australian National University.

Patel, who worked as a senior manager in corporate advisory at Deloitte, died on Monday after family made the heart-wrenching call to turn off her life support, the Herald Sun reports.

Patel’s brother, Mitesh, told the newspaper he and his parents were “broken”.

“But we all appreciate the love we’re getting from people,” he said.

Deloitte CEO Cindy Hook described Patel as an “outstanding director” who would be “deeply missed by all who knew her”.

The young executive had been walking near Deloitte’s Melbourne HQ when she was struck by a car as it ploughed into pedestrians on the footpath.

The driver of the vehicle, Dimitrious “Jimmy” Gargasoulas, had been due to face five murder charges over the massacre but further charges will now be laid.

ACT Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, who also attended Radford College, sent a tweet this morning about his former fellow student.

“Thoughts are with Bhavita Patel’s family. Whilst our paths rarely crossed since school days, I remember her as an intelligent & happy person.”

In May last year, Bavita Patel made this stunning photograph taken at the National Arboretum her Facebook cover picture.

Bhavita Patel's Arboretum photograph.

Did you know Bavita Patel? How will you remember her?

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Ex-Radford, ANU student Bhavita Patel dies after Bourke St massacre
Chris Mordd Richards 11:19 pm 02 Feb 17

Didn’t know her myself, but Canberra is a tight knit community. I am sure many will be mourning her loss. 🙁 My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

DudleyCat 1:24 pm 02 Feb 17

Bhavita was a beautiful, smart and fun young woman when I worked with her in the Department of Finance. She was only in her early 20s then but already fulfilling her potential with a spark about her and shining eyes. So sad for her family and all who knew her. She was special and the world is poorer for her loss.

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