A coast community is in shock at the death of 24-year-old Kristi Kafcaloudis, who fell from a cliff while hiking in Norway at the weekend.
Miss Kafcaloudis’ family is today gathered at their Yandina home as they try to take stock of the tragedy.
Her devastated mother Milli issued a statement earlier today on behalf of the family.
“We have lost a beautiful soul from our lives with the death of our much loved daughter, Kristi Kafcaloudis from an accidental fall from Trolltunga Rock in Norway,” she said.
“Kristi was just 24 years old, studying at the University of Bergen on an international exchange from Monash University and enjoying weekend hiking adventures with her hostel group.”
Ms Kafcaloudis thanked Red Cross rescue teams and police from Norway for their efforts to retrieve Kristi from difficult terrain as well as the University of Bergen for its support and assistance.
“Our hearts go out to her friends who were with her and who no doubt share our sense of disbelief at such a sudden and traumatic loss.
“We also thank our extended network of family, friends and community for their unfailing support at this incredibly difficult time.
“We are only consoled by the fact that Kristi was doing what she loved with her friends and living a life full of adventure and dreams – but we are mortified by the loss of such a talented and lovely young woman with her whole life before her.
“She was quite simply exceptional to us and to her many friends and will remain in our hearts and minds to encourage us to make the best of our lives and reach out to others.”