‘Love you and miss you always’: Girlfriend of construction worker killed in university roof collapse pays a heartbreaking tribute – and reveals what she will miss about him the most
- Jonnie Hartshorn died when building collapsed at Curtin University in Perth
- Loved ones called the 23-year-old a ‘beautiful’ and ‘respectful young man’
- His shattered girlfriend has taken to social media to pay tribute to her ‘boo’
- Couple dated for six months and Kylie Galende treasured their time together
Kylie Galende (pictured left) said her boyfriend’s death ‘shouldn’t have happened’ and a ‘beautiful man’ has been taken away
The grieving girlfriend of a construction worker who was killed when a university roof collapsed has shared a heartbreaking tribute.
Kylie Galende was dating Jonnie Hartshorn, 23, for six months before he plunged 20 metres to his death at Curtin University, in Perth, following a worksite accident on Tuesday.
Ms Galende said she is still in disbelief to have lost her ‘boo’.
‘The moment our eyes met, we both knew,’ she wrote on Facebook.
‘I’ll miss all the adventures we were planning together.
‘I don’t really know how life will continue now.
‘No one had ever seen me as happy as when we are together. The world has just turned very very dark and gloomy.’
Ms Galende said her boyfriend’s death ‘shouldn’t have happened’ and a ‘beautiful man’ has been taken away.
‘I knew a while ago that I’ve found the ying to my yang. My soul mate, my best friend, everything I could have ever wanted in life was right there with him, and I knew he would look after me forever,’ she said.
Mr Hartshorn was on site at Curtin University’s Bentley campus in Perth’s south-east when a building’s roof collapsed about 12.30pm on Tuesday.
He died and two other construction workers in their 20s were seriously injured when the roof gave way.
The young man’s loved ones said he was a ‘most beautiful’ and ‘respectful young man’ who would be sorely missed.
Construction worker Jonnie Hartshorn and his girlfriend Kylie Galende (pictured right)
Emergency services are seen at the scene of a collapsed building at Curtin University, in Perth, on Tuesday
‘Words can’t describe the heartbreak and the pain I am feeling right now,’ his aunt wrote in a touching Facebook post.
‘You were the most beautiful soul and I just had so much love for you. You meant so much to me… I will never get over this.’
Another relative said Mr Hartshorn was ‘adored so very much’.
A horrified worker watched the accident unfold.
‘I saw the victim as he was falling,’ he told the West.
He said he felt helpless as he watched the worker get swallowed up in a ‘big mess of glass and metal’.
‘I made eye contact with him. I couldn’t do anything,’ he said.
About 100 workers and dozens of students were thought to have witnessed the devastating accident.
A 27-year-old man is in intensive care after undergoing emergency surgery last night after also falling 20 metres from the top of the building site.
Mr Hartshorn fell 20 metres when the building’s roof collapsed about 12.30pm on Tuesday
Around 100 workers (pictured) were nearby when Mr Hartshorn was killed in a fatal worksite accident at Curtin University in Perth
The other victim is in a hospital trauma unit in a stable condition.
Mick Buchan, the State Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union vowed to do whatever it took to determine what caused the building to collapse.
‘We are not going to leave any rock unturned to get to the outcome of what has happened,’ he said.
‘There is going to be a lot of explaining to do.
‘When you hear of a young worker that’s died on the job, just starting his career in construction, what message does that send? It’s an absolute disgrace. Someone has to be accountable and made responsible for this.’
Mr Hartshorn died and two other workers were injured after a building at Curtin University in Western Australia collapsed. Pictured: People at the scene
Construction workers gather at the scene of a collapsed building at Curtin University in Perth on Tuesday
Electrical Trades Union official Damian Clancy said he rushed to help when he saw the two men falling from the top of the building.
‘I believe there were two men up there when it collapsed, I saw one on the ground and he was moving and screaming, so I thought, ”OK, he’s alive”,’ he said.
WA Police Commander Mike Bell says authorities are yet to determine what caused the roof to suddenly give way.
‘A lot of the workers have stayed behind and obviously they’ll be spoken to in due course to determine exactly what happened,’ he told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
‘It’ll be up to the engineer to declare it safe at which point we can then go in and remove the body of the deceased and start our investigation.’
‘It’s 2020, these events should not occur in the building and construction industry. Another young worker has lost his life here today.’
An air of silence fell among the workers as they watched on in horror while emergency services scoured the site on Tuesday