IT WAS the trip of a lifetime and the beginning of an exciting humanitarian career for Louise Brown.
The determined Suffolk Park woman had almost finished a year of studying international law at the academically-renowned Sciences Po University in Paris.
But Ms Brown’s life was suddenly cut short in the early hours of Wednesday morning last week when she was killed in an apartment fire in the city’s 20th arrondissement, Menilmontant.
The 25-year-old, one of five people killed, was at the apartment block studying with a friend and decided to stay overnight when the fire occurred.
Four of the casualties died when they tried to escape the blaze, leaping from the building’s windows, while one person perished inside the burning building, which took 300 firefighters to extinguish.
International media reported 57 people were also injured in the blaze, including two firefighters.
It is unclear at this stage how Ms Brown died.
A Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade spokeswoman said consular officials were providing assistance to the family.
Ms Brown was in Paris studying international law and perfecting her already fluent French language skills.
She graduated from Lismore’s Trinity Catholic College with a UAI of 99.75 and moved to Sydney to study at the University of NSW.
With an overwhelming passion for international relations, Ms Brown was president of the Amnesty Club at her university and was one of two students selected to study at Sciences Po in Paris.
The Byron Bay community was yesterday mourning the loss of the talented young woman, who many admired for her intelligence, angelic-like demeanour and selflessness.
“She was one of the angels of this world,” Annie Ivancich, whose daughter was best friends with Ms Brown, said.
“She had so much love for humanity and life. She inspired everyone she met.
“She had already been talking to her mum about coming home and which university she wanted to go to. Her smile was contagious and she was beautiful inside and out.”
Ms Brown wanted to change the world and inspired everybody she met, Mrs Ivancich said.
Ms Brown leaves behind her parents and younger sister, who are currently travelling to Paris.
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