Tributes paid to music festival victim

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A Sydney woman who died during a stampede at a techno festival in Germany has been remembered as a “little ray of sunshine”.

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Clancie Ridley was among 19 people killed in a crowd crush at the Love Parade music event in Duisburg on Sunday.

Friends paid tribute to the 27-year-old from Georges Hall, in Sydney’s southwest, on social networking site Facebook, remembering her as an amazing woman who was “taken from us too early”.

“A star in our life!” wrote one friend. “We will all remember you ALWAYS. No matter how much anyone knew you, you definitely left a fantastic mark on their life.

All of us are richer having known you! (sic)”. On another page, R.I.P Clancie Ridley, a message read: “You will be in our hearts for ever (sic)”, while another referred to her as “everyone’s little ray of sunshine”. “She was giving and loving and very, very social,” they added.

Ms Ridley had reportedly been texting friends on her way to the Love Parade – part of a three-month European holiday. Her former boss, Dean Choma of Austrek Tours, said Ms Ridley had worked part-time as a tour guide on party buses before she left Australia.

Mr Choma said she was a popular staff member who always liked to be in the middle of the action. “All I can say is that Clancie was a really top chick,” he told ABC television.

“Every group that went on any bus always had good things to say about her.”

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is expected to confirm later on Monday that Ms Ridley was the only Australian killed.

Officials in Germany say revellers from Italy, Netherlands, China, Bosnia and Spain also died. More than 340 people were injured.

The deaths occurred after revellers were crushed in a narrow tunnel which served as an entrance to the event.

Television pictures showed lifeless bodies being passed over the heads of those frantically trying to escape.