By: Laura Steiner
A Canadian is among the seven dead in last night’s terrorist attacks in London, U.K. Canada’s High Commission first made the announcement via their twitter feed earlier this morning.
Trudeau confirmed that a Canadian was among the dead in a statement. “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 was among them,” Trudeau said.
The Canadian government isn’t offering any further comment at this time. The attacks began when a white van struck pedestrians on London Bridge shortly after 10:30 p.m. local time.
The Metropolitan Police confirm seven dead, plus three suspects. London Ambulance Service reports that over 40 people were taken to hospital. Twelve suspects have been arrested in connection with the attacks.
Update: Canadian Identified as Christine Archibald of B.C.
Christine Archibald of Castlegar British Columbia has been identified as the first casualty. Her family released a statement confirming it. It reads in part: “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.” Archibald worked in a homeless shelter before moving to Europe.
CBC is reporting Archibald was out for dinner with her fiancé, and his sister. They were walking on London bridge, and he was slightly ahead of Archibald when the van hit her, and other pedestrians. She died in his arms.
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has offered her condolences to the family. “My thoughts, and those of all British Columbians, are with Chrissy Archibald’s family, her friends, and all those who knew and loved her.” The statement urges Canadians to volunteer, or donate to a homeless shelter. “Tell them Chrissy sent you,” it ends.