A second Australian has been confirmed dead following the London terror attacks.
The mother of 21-year-old Brisbane woman Sara Zelenak confirmed her daughter’s death on Facebook saying:
“Sara Zelenak is confirmed dead, they found her body & has DNA tests confirmed. Thank-you for all the overwhelming love & support from everyone,” her mother Julie Wallace posted.
According to Yahoo7, Wallace said her daughter had narrowly missed two other UK terror incidents in Manchester and Westminster.
“The one with the policeman being stabbed three months ago, she was there the day before in the exact spot,” Wallace said.
“The one with Ariana Grande’s [concert], she was going to go to the concert [but didn’t].
“Everything she has just missed.”
On Wednesday morning foreign minister Julie Bishop said the government was deeply saddened by the deaths.
Here’s her statement in full.
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) June 6, 2017
She later told radio station 2GB: “The families have asked for privacy. You can understand what a harrowing time they’re going through. [They were] two beautiful women enjoying a night out in London and, I have to say, the savagery of these attacks is just beyond belief.”
Zelenak, who was working as an au pair on London, went missing on Saturday after she became separated from a friend during the attacks.
The friends were headed for an after-dinner drink at a bar in Borough Market when the crash of the van involved in the attacks drew their attention.
“We both got curious and went back a few steps to see what had happened when people started running and shouting ‘run’. At that moment I got scared and desperate so I ran,” Sara’s friend Pri, 26, told Fairfax Media.
In the hurry to get away the pair became separated.
“I wish I could have grabbed her hand,” Pri said.
Last night Australian Kirsty Boden was named as one of the seven victims of the terror attacks on London Bridge and Borough Markets.
The nurse was described as “the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people.”
A statement issued on behalf of her family said: “As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life.”
“We are so proud of Kirsty’s brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty — we love you and we will miss you dearly.”
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