– The man who died when a wall collapsed in Carlton on Thursday was a former school captain from Montmorency Secondary College.
Alexander Jones died when a heritage-protected wall toppled in strong winds about 3pm.
Police confirmed the deceased man was a 19-year-old from Montmorency. The collapsed wall also killed a woman in her 30s.
A teenage girl who suffered life-threatening injuries and remains in a critical condition in the Royal Melbourne Hospital is an 18-year-old also from Montmorency. She is believed to be Mr Jones’ sister.
Channel Nine reported on Friday that Mr Jones’ family said he had moved immediately to shield his sister Bridget when the wall collapsed.
Friends on Facebook featured photographs of Mr Jones in their profile pictures in an apparent tribute to the teenager. Mr Jones was reportedly popular and well-liked.
Worksafe and police are investigating the incident. The red brick wall, about 2.4 metres tall, toppled on to the footpath on the western side of Swanston Street. The collapsed segment was about 15 metres long. Locals walking past the site on Friday morning expressed their shock. One, Aruna Prasad, left a teddy bear and chocolate carrot in honour of the victims.
Others left flowers. Several residents described it as an accident waiting to happen.
Fitzroy resident Peter Coyle said he could not believe what had happened.
Police are appealing for any witnesses who saw the incident, or who were injured when the wall collapsed, to come forward. They believe several other people suffered injuries but left the scene before speaking to authorities.
Detective Senior Constable Brooke Manley from the Melbourne North Crime Investigation Unit, described the incident as horrendous and said Victoria Police was working with Worksafe to prepare a report for the coroner – Benjamin Preiss & Rachel Wells


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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