Joshua Adams and his girlfriend Michelle Hodgson.
Joshua Adams and his girlfriend Michelle Hodgson.

Families mourn double tragedy

FAMILY and friends have been left reeling after the deaths of two mates just days apart.

Loved ones gathered on Saturday to mourn the loss of Shane Holloway, 22, who died suddenly just over a week before.

But in an awful blow, it turned into a double memorial when Shane's close friend, Josh Adams, 20, was killed in a moped accident in Brisbane last Thursday.

Josh, a trainee pastry chef who was living in inner-city Brisbane, had been riding his scooter with a fellow TAFE student, when he hit a kerb and power pole as he approached a bend.

His devastated mum, Maria Jenkins, said she was comforted Josh did not die alone.

“His TAFE buddy, Matthew, was following Josh on his bike,” she said.

“He was with Joshua and stayed with him. It's a relief to know he had a friend with him and that he didn't die alone. It was my biggest fear.”

Mrs Jenkins said she was proud of her son's pursuit of his future career and she “couldn't ask for a better son”.

The last time she had heard from her son was two days before his death, after he texted a picture to her of a strudel he had perfected.

Josh's girlfriend, Michelle Hodgson, said she had lost her best friend and had so far been unable to return to the home they shared.

“He was caring, loving, fun, considerate and happy,” she said.

“I can't believe it, I don't want to believe it.”

Ms Hodgson said she had spoken to a few of Josh's Bundaberg friends, who had been struggling to come to terms with his and Shane's deaths so close to each other.

Josh's mum said he had been lucky to have a great support network around him.

“His friends and the boys he hung around with are brilliant,” Mrs Jenkins said.

It is expected Josh will be cremated on Monday.

“I don't want his mates to carry him out of the church and that be the last thought they have of him,” she said.

“I just want to bring him home.”

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