Ray Hadley forced to tell good friend John Singleton his daughter was killed in Bondi Junction attack

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Radio broadcaster Ray Hadley speaks to the media during a press conference about his son in Sydney, Saturday, August 4, 2018. Senior constable Daniel Hadley was arrested at a pub in Rouse Hill on Friday following a professional standards investigation, according to NSW police. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING
Radio broadcaster Ray Hadley speaks to the media during a press conference about his son in Sydney, Saturday, August 4, 2018. Senior constable Daniel Hadley was arrested at a pub in Rouse Hill on Friday following a professional standards investigation, according to NSW police. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett) NO ARCHIVING Credit: JOEL CARRETT/AAPIMAGE

Sydney radio host Ray Hadley was forced to break the news to close friend John Singleton of his daughter’s death in the Bondi Junction stabbing attack.

Dawn Singleton was stabbed to death as she visited the busy shopping centre on Saturday to buy makeup for her wedding.

Hadley said he was contacted by Mr Singleton on Saturday night, who was desperate to confirm if his daughter was one of the victims.

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“I rang him and he said, ‘I think my Dawnie is one of those who lost their life and I can’t confirm it. Can you do something?’” Hadley told 3AW radio.

The radio host called the NSW police commissioner.

“I rang the police commissioner and asked her if she had any names and she said only one and confirmed it was Dawn,” Hadley said while holding back tears.

“And I had the job of ringing John back and unofficially confirming that his dear darling daughter had been stabbed to death by this lunatic.”

Ms Singleton was preparing to wed her childhood sweetheart, Ashley Wildey.

In a tragic twist, Mr Wildey, a NSW Police officer, was called to the shopping centre as the horror unfolded before his colleagues realised his fiancee was one of the victims.

Mr Wildey had reportedly already finished his shift but was recalled to duty to respond to the incident.

“She’d just gone in to buy make-up at Chanel, she was only there for 15 minutes, looking at make-up for her wedding,” a friend on Ms Singleton’s told The Daily Telegraph. “She only bought her wedding dress last week.

“He (Mr Wildey) was on duty or on call, so she had gone shopping. She was outside Chanel.”

All six victims of Joel Cauchi’s stabbing rampage have now been identfied.

They are Chinese national Yixuan Cheng, who is believed to have been studying in Australia and Pkiria Darchia, 55. Security guard Faraz Tahir, 30, architect and mother Jade Young, 47, and first time mother, Ash Good, 38, were also killed.

Ms Good’s nine-month-old daughter Harriet stabbed in her pram, with the injured mother handing the baby to strangers begging them to save her. She underwent emergency surgery on Sunday.

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