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”.
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“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.”
Thoughts are with Bhavita Patel's family. Whilst our paths rarely crossed since school days, I remember her as an intelligent & happy person
— Alistair Coe MLA (@alistair_coe) January 31, 2017
In May last year, Bavita Patel made this stunning photograph taken at the National Arboretum her Facebook cover picture.
Did you know Bavita Patel? How will you remember her?