What we know about the London attack victims
As London reels from Wednesday’s terror attack that left five people dead, including the British-born attacker, details are emerging about those who lost their lives.
Here’s what we know.
At around 2:40 p.m. local time, a British national plowed his car into pedestrians on London’s famed Westminster Bridge, killing two people and injuring dozens more, some of which remain in hospital in critical condition. A third man died in hospital on Thursday after being taken off life support. The attacker then made his way to the grounds of Britain’s Parliament where he stabbed a policeman to death before being fatally shot by a responding officer.
On Thursday, British Prime Minister Theresa May said people from 11 countries were injured in the attack around Parliament. The prime minister confirmed 12 Britons, three French, two Romanians, four South Koreans, one German, one Pole, one Irish, one Chinese, one Italian, one American and two Greeks required hospital treatment.
Here’s what we know about the victims.
The first named civilian who was killed in the attack has been identified as Aysha Frade. According to British newspaper The Guardian, the 43-year-old was a married mother of two and worked as a teacher in London.
Frade was born to a Spanish mother and grew up in the town of Betanzos, in northwestern Spain. As the Associated Press notes, officials and residents of Betanzos stood in silence in memory of Frade and declared three days of mourning for the victims of the attack.
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“Aysha was the daughter of a Betanzos resident and was linked by family and emotionally to our town,” a note reads on the town’s Facebook page.
PC Keith Palmer
Police Constable Keith Palmer, 48, was unarmed when he was fatally stabbed by the attacker on Parliament grounds.
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The husband and father was a soldier in the Royal Artillery before becoming a member of the parliamentary and diplomatic protection forces for 15 years.
“He was someone who left for work today expecting to return home at the end of his shift and he had every right to expect that would happen,” Metropolitan Police counterterrorism chief Mark Rowley said late Wednesday.
Calling him “every inch a hero,” the prime minister said Palmer’s “actions will never be forgotten.”
The third victim has been identified as American Kurt Cochran. The Utah native was in Europe with this wife to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. According to Reuters news agency, Cochran’s wife suffered a broken leg and rib during Wednesday’s attack.
Cochran’s brother-in-law issued a statement thanking emergency services for caring for the injured.
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“Our family is heartbroken … Kurt was a good man and a loving husband,” Payne said. “We express our gratitude to the emergency and medical personnel who have cared for them and ask for your prayers on behalf of Melissa and our family,” reads the statement.
U.S. President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the Cochran family on social media.
“A great American, Kurt Cochran, was killed in the London terror attack. My prayers and condolences are with his family and friends,” Trump tweeted.
The couple were members of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Melissa’s parents are LDS missionaries in London, the Church’s spokesman Eric Hawkins said in an email.
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On Thursday evening, police announced on Twitter that a 75-year-old man was taken off life support. No other details were immediately available.
–with a file from Reuters.
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