London terror attack: The victims

London terror attack: The victims

LONDON: The death toll from the weekend attack in London that saw three assailants mow down people on a bridge and then go on a stabbing spree rose to eight on Wednesday (Jun 7).

The dead include three Frenchmen, two Australians, a Canadian, a Spaniard and a Briton, reflecting the city's international population.

Here is what we know about the victims so far.

CANADIAN KILLED ON BRIDGE

Christine Archibald London Bridge attack first victim identified
This image provided by the Archibald family shows Christine Archibald, a Canadian woman who was among the several people killed in the London attacks on Saturday, June 3, 2017. (Photo: Reuters)

Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian, died in her fiance Tyler Ferguson's arms after the attackers' van mowed her down on London Bridge.

"My baby brother lost the love of his life," Cassie Ferguson Rowe wrote on Facebook. "In a split second his entire life was ripped away from him. Hearing his painful sobs on the phone while he's alone trying to deal with this tears me apart."

Newspapers said Archibald was a charity worker.

Her family said in a statement that she respected everyone and worked in a homeless shelter before moving to Europe to be with her fiance.

"She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death," they said.

NURSE WHO RAN TOWARDS DANGER

Kirsty Boden London attack victim
Kirsty Boden worked in post-operative care at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, right next to the bridge and Borough Market. (Photo: British Metropolitan Police Service)

Australian staff nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, was killed as she ran to try to help the wounded on London Bridge, her family said in a statement.

She worked in post-operative care at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital, right next to the bridge and Borough Market.

"She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person," her family said.

"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life. We are so proud of Kirsty's brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was."

Guy's chief nurse Eileen Sills said Boden was an "outstanding nurse" who "always went the extra mile" for her patients. Her colleagues called her "one in a million".

WORLD TRAVELLER

Sara Zelenak
An undated handout picture released by the British Metropolitan Police Service in London on June 7, 2017 shows Australian national Sara Zelenak, a victim of the June 3 terror attack on London Bridge.

A second Australian was also killed, the country's foreign minister Julie Bishop said Wednesday, without naming the other victim.

Media identified her as Sara Zelenak, 21, who grew up in Brisbane.

She was due to go on a trip around Europe before heading home on Aug 8, her mother Julie Wallace - who is in London - was quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald as saying on Facebook.

"Unfortunately (this was) cut short by a senseless act of terrorism," added her mother. "It makes no sense."

The Herald said she had been on London Bridge with a friend after leaving a restaurant when they heard a van crash. Within moments, three men jumped from the van and began stabbing pedestrians.

FRENCH BISTRO WORKER

Alexandre Pigeard
An undated family handout photograph released on June 6, 2017 shows Alexandre Pigeard from France and one of the victims of June 3's deadly attack in London.

Frenchman Alexandre Pigeard, 26, was working as a waiter at Boro Bistro in Borough Market when he was stabbed.

His father Philippe Pigeard said his son's death was "an incredible injustice". He was a "wonderful son, a perfect big brother," as well as a "shining young man," Pigeard told AFP by telephone.

He had family links in Saint-Malo on the northwest French coast but was not from the Brittany port town himself, local mayor Claude Renoult told AFP. 

A tribute note signed from the "Boro Bistro family", left at the scene of the attack, said in French: "Alex, I hope that the place where you are now will be even more beautiful and peaceful than the desert of Jordan. With all my love. Rest in peace."

ROMANTIC WEEKEND

Xavier Thomas
An undated handout picture released by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on June 6, 2017 shows a portrait of French national, Xavier Thomas.

British police said Wednesday that they had recovered a body from the Thames river believed to be that of 45-year-old Frenchman Xavier Thomas, missing since the night of the attack.

"Xavier was in London for the weekend with his girlfriend. They were walking south over London Bridge at around the time the attack started," police said.

Thomas's girlfriend was seriously injured after being hit by the attackers' van.

HIGH-FLYING CHEF

Sebastien Belanger
A poster placed on a bus shelter on London Bridge in London on June 6, 2017, asks for help in finding French chef Sebastien Belanger. (AFP Photo/Justin Tallis)

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian confirmed the death of a man believed to be Sebastien Belanger, a 36-year-old chef.

Belanger worked at the Coq d'Argent - a famous hangout for City workers in London's financial district.

He had reportedly been watching the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid and was enjoying a drink with friends outside the Boro Bistro.

STOPPED FOR A SMOKE

Another victim is believed to be James McMullan.

The 32-year-old from Hackney, east London, was identified by a bank card found on his body, according to his sister.

He had been out with friends and had stepped outside for a smoke at The Barrowboy and Banker, a pub next to where the attackers crashed their van before launching their stabbing spree.

"While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who wish to destroy us and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals," Melissa McMullan told Sky News television.

"He was an inspiration."

"SKATEBOARD HERO"

Ignacio Echeverria
This undated and unlocated handout photo released on June 5, 2017 by SOSDESAPARECIDOS association shows Spaniard Ignacio Echevarria, one of the fatal victims of the terror attack in London on June 3, 2017.

Ignacio Echeverria, a 39-year-old Spaniard and an expert at HSBC in the fight against money-laundering, was spotted trying to defend a woman from one of the attackers with his skateboard.

British media quickly dubbed him the "skateboard hero".

"Ignacio didn't survive the attacks," Echeverria's sister Ana wrote on her Facebook page.

"HEROIC" POLICEMAN AMONG WOUNDED

An off-duty, unarmed London policeman who was having a post-work drink rushed to help. He is now in hospital in a serious condition, police chief Cressida Dick said, adding that he had been "utterly heroic".

A British Transport Police officer, one of the first on the scene, was stabbed in the face, head and leg and taken to hospital. Two other officers were also wounded.

Geoff Ho, business editor at the Sunday Express newspaper, was outside the Southwark Tavern pub. He tried to help a bouncer who was being attacked but was stabbed in the throat himself.

Oliver Dowling, 32, from Christchurch in New Zealand, was in an induced coma after being stabbed in the face, neck and stomach.

A Greek man, a Bulgarian man and German citizens were also among the injured.

Source: AFP/ek

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