Christine Archibald was walking around London with her fianceacute Saturday night. It was her first time in the British capital. But what was a usual weekend evening became a night of terror when a white Renault van plowed into pedestrians on London Bridge, before three attackers fled and started stabbing people at bars and restaurants in nearby Borough Market.
At least seven people mdash including Archibald mdash have died, and 48 others were injured, in what police declared was a terrorist incident. The attack took place less than two weeks after a suicide bombing claimed 22 lives at a Manchester concert, and just one day before a benefit concert for victims of that attack.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said in the wake of the London Bridge attack that the U.K. is experiencing a #8220new trend#8221 of terror threats. Police said they killed all three attackers, and least 12 related arrests have been made over the weekend.
The victims include at least one French national who has not yet been identified, and there are more foreign nationals among the injured. Here#8217s what we know about the victims.The Brief Newsletter Sign up to receive the top stories you need to know right now. View Sample Sign Up Now Christine Archibald
The death of 30-year-old Christine Archibald, from British Columbia, was confirmed by her family in a statement Sunday, reports CBC News. Archibald and her fianceacute, Tyler Ferguson, were walking on London Bridge when the van drove into the sidewalk.
Ferguson had tried to resuscitate her before paramedics arrived to take over. But they weren#8217t able to save her, according to the family.
#8220He is broken into a million pieces,#8221 Ferguson#8217s brother told CBC News. #8220He held her and watched her die in his arms.#8221
Archibald had worked in a homeless shelter in Calgary before moving to Europe, and intended to return to Canada with Ferguson after their marriage, according to CBC.
#8220She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected,#8221 the family said. #8220She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.#8221
The family called on others to #8220honor her by making your community a better place.#8221
#8220I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed,#8221 read a statement from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. #8220We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery.#8221