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The London Attack Victims: What We Know

LONDON — Here is what we know so far about the seven people killed in an attack in London on Saturday night, when three men in a van drove into pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing several people in nearby Borough Market.

Five of the victims have not been publicly identified: The British government does not release the names of the dead until the post-mortems are concluded, so the identification of victims at this stage is left to the families.

Christine Archibald, 30

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Christine Archibald Credit Archibald Family, via Reuters

Christine Archibald, a 30-year-old Canadian living in the Netherlands, had come to London with her fiancé for a romantic weekend and was walking across London Bridge on Saturday when a white van veered off the road, smashing into her.

Ms. Archibald was the first of the victims to be publicly identified, and her final moments were recounted in a Facebook post by the brother of her fiancé, Tyler Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson’s sister said Ms. Archibald died at the scene in her fiancé’s arms.

“They were not married yet,” the sister, Cassie Ferguson Rowe, said in an interview on Facebook Messenger. “They were in the midst of planning their wedding, and future together.”

Ms. Archibald, known as Crissy, had worked at a homeless shelter in Canada before moving to the Netherlands with Mr. Ferguson, who is also Canadian and had moved to The Hague for work. Her family urged people to volunteer their time and labor or to donate to a homeless shelter in her memory.

“We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister,” the Archibald family said in a written statement. “She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.”

Kirsty Boden, 28

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Kirsty Boden Credit Metropolitan Police

Kirsty Boden, a nurse from Australia who worked at Guy’s Hospital in London, died while trying to help the wounded on London Bridge.

“As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life,” her family said in a written statement. “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.”

Eileen Sills, the chief nurse at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, described Ms. Boden as an “outstanding nurse” who always went the extra mile in her duty of care. Ms. Boden’s colleagues described her as “one in a million,” Ms. Sills said.

Source: NYT > World

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