Canadian killed in London attack identified as woman from Castlegar, B.C.

Canadian killed in London attack identified as woman from Castlegar, B.C.
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WATCH: Canadian killed in London attack identified as B.C. native. It’s the second deadly attack in England, prompting fear in some who were planning to go abroad. Isabelle Raghem reports. 

Family members confirm Christine Archibald, from Castlegar, B.C., was among the seven people killed in the London attack Saturday. 

She was killed during the attack in her fiancĂ©’s arms on London Bridge, according to her soon-to-be sister-in-law Cassie Ferguson.

On social media, Ferguson says: “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.”

The attack started on London bridge, after 10 p.m. local time.

Witnesses say a white van drove into a crowd of people walking across the bridge. 

Sunday afternoon, the lone Canadian killed was identified as Christine Archibald, from Castlegar.

In a statement, her family says:

“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 fiancĂ©. She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.”

Despite the distance, attacks overseas have an impact on Vancouver Island.

That’s according to a Victoria travel agency who says it creates a heightened sense of worry for some travelers.

“They would bring up just the simple fact that they could get caught in an attack, and that’s a valid concern,” says Flight Centre Westside Village Travel Consultant, Vanny Baron.

Baron says while they have yet to have a customer cancel a trip to Europe in the wake of the events, they expect interest for the area to decrease temporarily.

“After the Paris attacks happened, I did notice people were hesitant for a month of two afterwards.”

Three of the suspected attackers were shot and killed by police in the standoff Saturday.  

 

 

 

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