Family plant tree for mall victim

2012-02-02 00:00

THERE’S now a tree at the spot where Alice Jogessar was killed by a runaway truck that crashed into the Liberty Midlands Mall last week.

“The family is finally starting to get closure after our mom’s death last week,” her daughter, Yurisa, told The Witness at the planting ceremony yesterday.

She said life for her family was tough.

“We are still hurting. It is all still very raw.

“But we need to try and continue with our lives.”

Yurisa said this would not be easy because their mother had been such a loving person.

“Our lives have changed since the accident. My sister is going to find it hard to go back to England and my brother will soon be going back to Pretoria,” she said.

“I will be moving into my mom’s house, which will take some adjusting because there will be constant reminders of her.”

Friends and family, police and staff from the centre attended the ceremony.

Yurisa said she was thankful for the support her family had received since the accident, adding that it was helping them get through the ordeal.

“Everyone has been great. The mall has offered us trauma counselling, which we will consider,” she said.

“The hardest part of this will be coming to the mall.”

Mall manager Cassy Fourie said the ceremony had been arranged to assist the family in the healing process.

She added that renovations to the damaged section of the mall were progressing well.

“We have finished plugging the hole and are about to plaster and paint the exterior.

“After this Absa will move back in and start with their internal renovations,” said Fourie.

“We are about three to four weeks from operating as normal.”

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