Bubbly Isabelle's death from balcony fall shocks friends
A GROUP of Siena Catholic College students became fast friends with Brisbane schoolie Isabelle Colman before she tragically died on the Gold Coast on Thursday night.
The 17-year-old fell from her room on the 26th floor in Tower Three of the Chevron Renaissance about 9.30pm, landing on the fifth floor.
One of the Siena graduates, who spoke to the Daily yesterday, told of her blossoming friendship with Isabelle.
"She was my neighbour. We met on the first day. She's been at our apartment ever since," the 17-year-old said.
"She was a very happy, bubbly person, happy to joke around."
The Siena schoolie said Isabelle, who was on the Gold Coast with her best friend, visited her room about midday on Thursday before meeting friends for drinks.
"We were texting in the afternoon because we were going to go to the beach party and meet up there," she said.
"Her best friend was having drinks with us and was texting her. That's the last we heard from her, about six-ish."
The schoolie said they were in their room at the time of the incident and didn't hear anything because they had their music up loud.
"Her veranda looks out to the pool, ours was on the opposite side looking over the river. We didn't see anything, we just saw police cars near the road," she said.
"Then the police were here and bashed on our door and asked us if we knew the people next door."
Isabelle's best friend and the schoolie went with police who told the pair of Isabelle's accident.
The Siena graduates were not the only Coast schoolies to be rocked by the horrific death.
Matthew Flinders graduate Jamie Vibert was staying just 50m from where Isabelle's body was found.
"I came up to my room and we could see the body lying there," he said.
"She was five floors above my balcony when she fell."
Isabelle's father is assistant editor of The Courier-Mail Mike Colman, a very talented, award-winning writer.
Mr Colman told his newspaper that friends of Isabelle had told the family that they had never seen her so happy.
The father of four said he would probably never know the details of his daughter's final hours.
"We don't know what happened and we probably never will.''