Mourners gather to pay their respects after bouncy castle tragedy

Heartbreaking scenes as mourners lay flowers outside a school where five children were killed in a freak jumping castle accident

Heartbroken mourners have gathered to grieve the death of five children who were tragically killed in a freak jumping castle accident in Tasmania this week.

Dozens of residents from all ages have dropped off flowers, toys and messages of support outside the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport after Thursday’s tragedy.

Five children – Zane Mellor, Peter Dodt, Jye Sheehan, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, all aged 12, and their classmate Addison Stewart, 11 – lost their lives when the jumping castle they were on flew ten metres into the air after a gust of wind.

Three more students are fighting for life in hospital and another is now recovering at home.

Photos have showed the shattered faces of family members, classmates and fellow community members unable to fathom how such a tragedy could have occurred.

The state’s education minister Sarah Courtney was visibly emotional as she delivered a bouquet of flowers to the memorial on Saturday.

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