Condolences pour in for family of girl killed in Adelaide ride

Condolences pour in for family of girl killed in Adelaide ride

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Words of sympathy have poured in for the family of the eight-year-old Malaysian girl, identified as Adelene Leong, who was flung to her death from a ride at the Royal Adelaide Show.

Helen Bland said her thoughts and prayers were with the family.

"Words cannot express the sadness and sorrow my family feels for this family. Hope it never happens again. God bless you," said Bland, who was among many Facebook users who offered their condolences to the family on the SA Police News Facebook page after the police released a statement on the incident on Wednesday.

Dallus Shevonne said the "terrible tragedy" should never have happened.

"I hope they can find some sort of peace," she wrote.

Kirsty Hutchinson said she hoped the Airmaxx 360 ride, from which Adelene was flung, would be discontinued.

"This little girl will be remembered for being the pioneer who lost her life to save many ­others.

"Rides will now have better implemented age and height and weight requirements along with better trained staff to be more alert."

Keri Phipps said she and her daughters enjoyed the rides at the Royal Adelaide Show but after the incident, she would not be taking her family there again.

"You forget, these rides are shifted from state to state and are a temporary fixture. We just believe we are safe in their hands," she said.

In the statement posted on the SA Police News Facebook page, the police said they were investigating Adelene's death and appealing to the public to come forward with information on the incident.

"We are keen to hear from anyone who may have taken photographs or video footage of the ride in action at the showgrounds on Friday," said Chief Insp Selena Dinning.

She said the police were keen to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time of the incident or anyone who experienced anything unusual on the ride.

"Even a small detail may be crucial information which leads to a clear understanding of what took place," she said, adding that the ride had a minimum height requirement of 120cm, which Adelene had met.

According to the Facebook page, Adelene's mother described her daughter as "the lovely, beautiful and wonderful little angel" of her heart.

Malaysian honorary consul in South Australia Datuk Hassan Salleh said Adelene's family had requested for privacy to grieve and preparations were under way to bring her remains back to Malaysia.

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