Saturday 16 December 2017

All London Bridge victims named as death toll hits eight

Xavier Thomas
Xavier Thomas

All eight people murdered in the London Bridge terror attack have now been identified.

Christine Archibald (30) was the first victim to be named. The Canadian died in her fiance's arms after being struck by the speeding van on London Bridge.

Her family said she would have had "no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death".

James McMullan (32) from Hackney, was last seen outside the Barrowboy And Banker pub.

Melissa McMullan described her brother as "an inspiration", adding: "Hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more."

Alexandre Pigeard (27) was among those killed. Boro Bistro manager Vincent Le Berre told French media how his colleague was attacked by a terrorist in the bar near Borough Market.

Mr Pigeard was said to be from Caen, in Normandy, but had been living in London for more than two years.

French chef Sebastien ­Belanger (36) was identified by family members as a victim of the attack. Originally from Angers, he had lived in London for several years and reportedly worked at the Coq d'Argent restaurant.

His friend Damien Lecomte (34) said: "He is the very definition of a friend - always here to help you."

Australian nurse Kirsty Boden (28) was killed after she ran towards danger to help people, her family said.

Relatives said she was "loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend", while colleagues at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital in central London described her as "one in a million".

Australian au pair Sara Zelenak (21) died after becoming separated from her friend. Her family said: "We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter and sister."

Sharing a video of his daughter online, her father Mark Wallace wrote: "I really miss that funny little laugh."

Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverria (39) was killed ­after trying to defend a ­woman with his skateboard in the Borough Market area.

The Spanish foreign ministry said: "The exemplary attitude of Ignacio Echeverria during the attacks is, for everybody, a model of solidarity."

Journalist and relative Isabel Duran wrote on Twitter: "He is in heaven with his inseparable skateboard."

Xavier Thomas has been missing since he was caught up in the attack with his girlfriend Christine Delcros - though Scotland Yard confirmed an as-yet-unidentified body had been recovered from the River Thames.

The French couple, who were visiting London for the weekend, were walking south over London Bridge around the time the attack started, according to police.

Ms Delcros was seriously injured when she was struck by the van, while witnesses' accounts suggest Mr Thomas (45) was thrown into the Thames by the impact.