Pictured: The London Bridge Terror Attack Victims — and Tributes to Each of the Dead
Christine Archibald, 30
The CBC reports that Cassie Ferguson, the sister of Archibald’s fiancé, Tyler Ferguson, confirmed the news in a Facebook Messenger conversation on Sunday. “He is broken into a million pieces,” Cassie said, according to CBC. “He held her and watched her die in his arms.”
According to Tyler’s brother, the two were “madly in love” and had been living in the Netherlands for the past eight months. The two had planned to return to British Columbia, Canada, when Tyler finished his overseas contract, according to CBC.
Archibald, who was from Castelgar, British Columbia, had been working at a homeless shelter before her death, her family said in a statement to ITV and The Telegraph: “We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected."
“She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé. She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death," her family continued.
“Please honor her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”
Sebastien Belanger, 36
He was to be buried in his French hometown, Saint-Barthelemy-d'Anjou, according to CNN.
“There are no words to describe the sadness I feel,” a former colleague wrote of Belanger, according to the Telegraph. “Such an amazing, decent and kind human.”
Kirsty Boden, 28
Boden was a nurse from south Australia who worked at London's Guy's Hospital near the scene of the attack.
She was killed while trying to assist other victims.
In a statement, Boden's family said: "Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life."
"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life," her family continued. "We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions, which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life.
"Kirsty we love you and we will miss you dearly.
Ignacio Echeverría, 39
Witnesses have said Echeverría was last seen near London Bridge trying to protect a woman who was being being stabbed, according to the BBC and CNN. He worked as a banker at HSBC in London and was a Spanish citizen, CNN reports.
He had been out that night skateboarding with friends and used his skateboard as a weapon against the attackers, his family said, according to the BBC.
"Ignacio Echeverría's actions during the attacks are an example of solidarity,” the government of Spain said in a statement, according to CNN. “His courage to defend a helpless person makes us remember the need to stay together in the fight against terrorism, against the [ones] who make violence and terror their only way of expression. The government firmly believes that democratic unity will overcome many challenges, including terrorism.”
In a tweet, Spain’s prime minister said he was “shocked” by Echeverría’s death, adding, “My condolences to his family. We will always remember him for his heroic and exemplary act.”
Echeverría’s family also took to Twitter, where one of his sisters wrote that he “tried to stop the terrorists and lost his life trying to save others," according to the BBC.
“His bravery in standing up for a defenseless person is a reminder of the need to remain united in the face of the scourge of terrorism,” Spain’s foreign ministry said, the BBC reports.
James McMullan, 32
McMullan was at a pub near London Bridge before the assaults. His sister, Melissa, told reporters on Monday that his bank card was found among the bodies, according to CNN.
With tears in her eyes and her voice shaking, she described him as a “generous and caring friend” and she vowed resilience in the face of terrorism.
“While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us to all carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who would try to destroy us,” she said, according to the BBC. “And remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more. This is not a course we will follow, despite our loss. …
“Words will never be able to match his essence, there will only ever be one James.”
Alexandre Pigeard, 27 (not pictured)
Pigeard worked at a French bistro near London Bridge, the BBC reports — and he was fatally attacked by one of the three assailants.
"I managed to escape him, but my friend Alexandre did not have that chance," a colleague of his told Le Telegramme, a French news outlet. "He was hit in the neck with a knife."
Pigeard, who was from Normandy, in France, had reportedly lived in London for at least two years.
In an interview with the BBC, a friend from college called him a “marvelous son” and “radiant young man” whose death had rocked his family.
“Alexander was from our town and hugely liked and respected,” said the mayor of his hometown in Normandy, according to the Telegraph.
Xavier Thomas, 45
Thomas, a French citizen, was found dead in the River Thames on Tuesday and witnesses have suggested he may have been thrown from London Bridge in the attack, according to CNN.
At the time of the attack, he was walking across the bridge with his girlfriend while they were visiting London for the weekend, the network reports. She was hit by the assailants’ van and seriously injured but survived.
Sara Zelenak, 21
Zelenak worked as a nanny in London but was from Australia, according to CNN, which obtained a statement from her family.
"We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter and sister of Harrison and Scott,” her family said. “Sara's family and friends are devastated. We would like to thank our friends and family who are helping us through this very difficult time. We will not be making any further comment, and we ask that the media respect our privacy."
Her aunt said she was “the girl next door, very special and a kindred spirit,” according to the BBC.
Zelenak’s alma mater Moreton Bay College said in a statement that she was “adored by her peers and staff,” CNN reports.
She will be “forever remembered" as "a positive, popular student who always had a smile on her face,” the school said.
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