Among those killed in the deadly terror attack Saturday evening, was a British Columbian woman named Christine Archibald, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed Sunday.
In a statement, Trudeau said:
“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. We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery.”
The statement concluded with a pled to work with the U.K. and other allies to fight terrorism.
“We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice. The Government of Canada will not comment further at this time out of respect for the family.”
Originally from Castlegar, British Columbia, 30-year-old Archibald moved to the U.K. to live with her fiancée. Her family issued the following statement through the federal government, according to reports from The Huffington Post:
“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. Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”
Seven victims, along with three attackers — who were shot by police — were killed in the attack. A total of 48 people were injured. The assailants drove a van along the infamous London Bridge, before making their way into local restaurants and bars where they attacked people with large knives.
Archibald reportedly died in the arms of her fiancee, Tyler Ferguson. His sister, Cassie Ferguson, told CBC News:
“He is broken into a million pieces. He held her and watched her die in his arms.”
Ferguson’s brother, Mark, said his brother proposed to Archibald just a few months ago when she visited him in the Netherlands. Ferguson is an accountant and travels for work, but planned to move back to B.C. with Archibald after finishing his overseas contract.
“They were very madly in love and had quite the plans for the future. [It’s] obviously very, very devastating for him. The love of his life has just been ripped away from him. She had never been there before so they decided to take a walking tour of London in the nighttime. My brother is a traveller; he’s been all over the world and knows London pretty well. He was showing her some sights and walking around and just enjoying the nice night.”
Mark Ferguson went on to explain what his brother could recall from the horrific incident, saying:
“He heard tires screeching and he looked back, and he just saw the mayhem going on and the van hitting people. He tried CPR on her … first responders showed up right away and they tried to do everything they could for her. She passed in his arms.”
Tyler is reportedly awaiting the arrival of his mother in London.