Mrs Smith stated Adriaan had additionally lately began relationship her daughter, his long-time good friend Jenna Smith.
Adriaan and Jenna went on three dates – to Floriade, the films and a South African barbecue often known as a braii.
“He’d all the time had a coronary heart for Jenna, and at last Jenna and Adriaan acquired collectively,” Mrs Smith stated.
“That was so lovely, however very short-lived. It was just a few weeks.
“… They’ve all the time been one of the best of associates, however it was only a very new little romance.”
Mrs Smith stated she and Jenna had raced to hospital to say goodbye to Adriaan after the Mount Ainslie incident, however didn’t make it in time.
“Jenna didn’t get to say goodbye and I feel that was fairly exhausting on her as a result of that they had plans for the weekend.
“They have been going to bake a chocolate cake this weekend.”
Mrs Smith, who has recognized the Roodt household for about seven years, stated Adriaan was “a gentle-hearted soul and the sweetest youngster”, who all the time took trip to incorporate her nine-year-old son in any actions when their households acquired collectively.
The Roodt household moved to Australia from South Africa when Adriaan was eight and he and his youthful sister Christelle, who spoke Afrikaans of their homeland, shortly realized to talk English.
He dreamed of changing into an electrician and loved boxing, taking part in pc video games and socialising together with his household and huge group of associates.
Mrs Smith stated Adriaan labored at KFC in Yass for greater than three years, and spent a lot of his earnings on meals from the quick meals restaurant.
She stated Adriaan had solely pushed his youthful sister Christelle to highschool for the primary time the day he died.
“Their mum was very nervous that morning and she or he truly adopted them to see that they acquired to highschool safely,” Mrs Smith stated.
“She even instructed a couple of associates that this had occurred and she or he stated she didn’t want to fret [because] they’re protected at college.
“Then, not two hours later, she acquired the telephone name [about the incident on Mount Ainslie].”
Mrs Smith stated Adriaan’s mother and father Chris and Sandra, and sister Christelle, have been “simply damaged” by his loss of life.
Blake Foden is a reporter on the Sunday Canberra Occasions. He has labored as a journalist in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.