Christine Archibald: London Bridge attack victim died in fiance’s arms

By on June 5, 2017
Christine Archibald: London Bridge attack victim died in fiance's arms

Christine Archibald: London Bridge attack victim died in fiance’s arms

The first victim of the London Bridge terror attack has been named as Christine Archibald.

Christine Archibald, 30, was hit by the speeding van on London Bridge during the deadly attack on Saturday night that killed seven people and has left 21 in critical condition.

She had been out for a late-night walk to see the sights of London having visited the capital from the Netherlands with her fiance, Tyler Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson’s sister said she spoke to her brother on the phone after the attack and urged friends to help support him after his heart had been broken into a “million pieces”.

“Last night in London, my baby brother, lost the love of his life on the London Bridge,” she said.

“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.”

“I have no words. If you know Tyler, please be there for him now, and later when what happened sinks in, he’s going to need us all.”

Mr Ferguson’s brother Mark told a British Columbia news station that the pair were in London for a week from The Hague where Mr Ferguson works as an accountant. Ms Archibald decided to join him on a work trip.

“She had never been there before so they decided to take a walking tour of London in the night-time,” he said.

“He was showing her some sights and walking around and just enjoying the nice night.”

Mark said before she was tragically struck by the van.

“He tried CPR on her … First responders showed up right away and they tried to do everything they could for her. She passed in his arms.”

“They were very madly in love and had quite the plans for the future,” he said.

“It’s obviously very, very devastating for him. The love of his life has just been ripped away from him.”

A French national was also killed in the attack and two Australians remain unaccounted for.

The mother of Sara Zelenak has posted about fears for her daughter on Facebook saying she became separated from friends and has not been seen since.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May said the “victims came from a number of nationalities”.

“This was an attack on London and the UK but it was also an attack on the free world,” she said.

Ms Archibald’s family said she would have “no understanding of the callous cruelty” that had caused her death.

“We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister,” they said in a statement.

“She had room in her heart for everyone and believed very strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

They also urged people to volunteer or work in homeless shelter on her behalf, saying: “Tell them Chrissy sent you”.

Canadian Prime Minster Justin Trudeau said he was “heartbroken” by the death of Ms Archibald.

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