Christine Archibald is one of the seven people who were killed by knife-wielding terrorists in the heart of London, on London Bridge. The terrorist attack has shocked not just the Londoners, but people around the world.
While the identities of the three knife-wielding attackers have still not been revealed by authorities, the people who lost their lives have been finally identified by the London Police. Authorities have indentified one of the dead as Christine Archibald.
Christine Archibald was a Canadian woman who lost her life on the iconic London Bridge. She had received multiple stab wounds and lost her life in her fiancee’s arms.
The 30-year old Canadian woman was reportedly the first of seven victims of the London attack who lost their lives. Dozens other people were injured in the attack London Bridge. The attackers randomly slashed and stabbed people in the adjacent market. Twenty-one victims were in critical condition the day after the attacks, and all three terrorists were shot dead by police at the scene.
A report by The Independent quoted Cassie Ferguson Rowe saying that her brother, Tyler Ferguson, held Archibald, from British Columbia, and she died in his arms. Writing on Facebook, “I can’t breathe. You hear these things so often but it doesn’t seem real. Last night in London my baby brother lost the love of his life on the London Bridge. 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”.
In a statement released to the media, the woman’s family said, “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 fiancee…She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death”.
The statement went on to add, “Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”
Tyler Ferguson’s brother, Mark, in an emotional post of Facebook said, “I can’t even believe this is real! My brother and his fiancé were on London bridge last night. She was one of the victims struck by the van…They tried everything but weren’t able to save her. His life, and all those close to her have been changed forever. My heart goes out to her family in his desperate time. These senseless acts of terror need to stop! What does it accomplish other then wreck the lives of innocent people.? I’m so mad at the type of people who can do this. Please everyone live life to the fullest, it’s so fragile and can be ripped away at any moment. I love you Tyler! Stay strong.”
Meanwhile, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “heartbroken” to learn of Archibald’s death. Applauding the UK for its strength and resilience in the face of adversity, he said: “These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve.
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