A B.C. woman named Chrissy Archibald has been identified as the Canadian who died in the London Bridge terror attack Saturday night.
Global Affairs Canada shared the following statement from the victim’s family:
“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,” read the statement from the Archibald family of Castlegar, B.C.
“She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé.”
The family added that Chrissy “would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death,” and urged Canadians to honour her memory by serving their communities.
“Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement earlier Sunday, in which he confirmed that a Canadian was killed in the attack.
“Canada strongly condemns the senseless attack that took place last night in London, United Kingdom, which killed and injured many innocent people. I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed.
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Trudeau went on to say that Londoners and people across the United Kingdom “have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity.” He went on to say that the Government of Canada would not comment further at this time out of “respect for the family.”
Trudeau also made a brief statement at the Press Gallery dinner in Ottawa.
“Canadians stand united in sending our love and support to our friends in London. We stand with you all,” he said.
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The High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom confirmed Sunday morning that a Canadian had been “impacted” by Saturday night’s deadly terrorist attack in London.
A commission official could offer no further details at the time, but said their emergency response team is working closely with British authorities.
The attack began at about 10 p.m. local time when police and witnesses say a white van barrelled into pedestrians on London Bridge.
The Canadian government is advising citizens to be vigilant in the wake of the attack. Trudeau called news of the attack on the London Bridge and nearby Borough Market “awful” in a tweet Saturday night.
The government and diplomats on the ground in London are advising travellers to avoid the affected areas, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor local media.
Conservative leader Andrew Scheer tweeted that he was “horrified by the events in London” and that Canada would always stand with the people of London. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a tweet that Canadian hearts were heavy with the news of the violence in London.
Officials in the U.K. say that after the van hit pedestrians on the bridge, three men armed with large knives then fled the scene and started attacking people at bars and restaurants in the nearby Borough Market.
Police said seven people were killed and at least 48 others were wounded, some critically, before officers shot and killed the three suspected assailants.
The violence turned a warm spring night in an area packed with revellers into a scene of panic and chaos, with officers running through crowded streets screaming for people to flee.
With files from Rahul Kalvapalle and Jessica Vomiero.