‘Living her dream’: Family visit scene of Josie Edden tragedy

Family visit scene of Josie Edden tragedy Tributes at the scene where Josie Edden was killed. Picture: Penny Stephens
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Tributes at the scene where Josie Edden was killed. Picture: Penny Stephens

Tributes at the scene where Josie Edden was killed. Picture: Penny Stephens

Tributes at the scene where Josie Edden was killed. Picture: Penny Stephens

Friends at the scene where Jodie was killed on Tuesday. Picture: Penny Stephens

Newcastle’s Josie Edden. Picture: Supplied

TweetFacebookThe parents of Josie Edden have made an emotional visit to the Melbourne site where their only child was killed on Tuesday morning.

Bouquets continue to pile up on the corner of Collins and Spencer streets where the 23-year-old cafe managercrossed against a flashing “don’t walk” signal, tripped and fell in the path of a garbage truckat about 6am.

She had been on her way to work at Code Black Coffee, making the same trip she would have made countless times before.

Her boyfriend Drew Ridley encountered the horrific scene after receiving a call from concerned co-workers telling him that Ms Edden had failed to turn up to work.

Drew’s father Glen visited the site with Ms Edden’s parents, Liz and Paul, on Wednesday and spoke on behalf of the grieving families.

“They’ve just come down to sort out Josie’s things, to have a look at the site obviously, and to spend some time with the people that Josie worked with because they knew nothing of her life in Melbourne,” he said.

“They’re from Newcastle so she led a life that they were completely unaware of.

“Everybody loved her… She’ll be very sorely missed.”

He said it had been overwhelming for her family to see that so many friends, customers and colleagues had been visiting the site of Ms Edden’s death.

“Everybody loved her … She’ll be very sorely missed”. Picture: Penny Stephens

“Customers and employees were just constantly coming through,” he said.

“She was so well liked and well known and they just couldn’t believe how popular their daughter was.”

Josie had met Drew, her “soulmate”, in Melbourne a couple of years ago after making the move from Newcastle to pursue a career in hospitality, Glen Ridley said.

“She heard that Melbourne was the coffee capital of Australia and she was passionate about coffee and food so this is where she came to. [She] was living her dream.

“They were soulmates, they’d have the same ideas. [Drew] is pretty devastated, it’s going to take a while to get him out of this.”

Ms Edden’s parents have released a statement paying tribute to their “loving and fun” daughter.

“She had strong opinions and was a very independent thinker,” they said.