London terror attack: The victims

Mum of two, cop and US tourist slain; 3 French schoolkids among injured

Mr Palmer was stabbed trying to stop the assailant, while Mrs Frade was mowed down while on her way to pick up her children.
Mr Palmer was stabbed trying to stop the assailant, while Mrs Frade was mowed down while on her way to pick up her children.

LONDON • Mrs Aysha Frade, 43, was walking across Westminster Bridge on Wednesday afternoon to pick up her two young daughters, aged eight and 11, from school when a car careened towards her and other pedestrians, mowing her down.

The mother of two was thrown under a bus and did not survive. Mrs Frade taught Spanish at DLD College in London and had family in the Spanish town of Betanzos. She was the first civilian victim to be identified yesterday.

Three people, including a police officer and American tourist Kurt Cochran, have died in the terror attack in one of London's busiest areas.

Mr Cochran, 54, an engineer from Utah, was in Europe to celebrate his 25th wedding anniversary with his wife Melissa, 46, who survived the attack with serious injuries.

They were due to return home yesterday, said their family.

As many as 40 people were injured, with witnesses speaking of a woman who fell over the bridge into the River Thames and who was later pulled up, seriously hurt. Yesterday, she was identified as a Romanian tourist who was celebrating her boyfriend's birthday in London. Romanian Ambassador Dan Mihalache told Realitatea TV that she sustained serious head and lung injuries.

Other victims included people from Britain, South Korea, France, Greece, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Poland, China and the United States.

Three French schoolchildren from Brittany, who were in London on a school trip, were among the injured. Two were reported to have suffered serious fractures. Four students from Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, Lancashire, were also among those hurt. They were part of a group of 13 students visiting the Houses of Parliament with their lecturer.

Also hurt were three police officers - two seriously - as they were returning from an event; as well as five South Korean tourists, who were injured during the rush to flee the scene.

Yesterday, tributes poured in for the slain policeman guarding the gate to the Parliament compound. Mr Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed while trying to stop the assailant from entering the Houses of Parliament. A policeman for 15 years, the father and husband was an unarmed member of the parliamentary protection force.

In an address to parliamentarians, Prime Minister Theresa May said Mr Palmer was "every inch a hero and his actions will never be forgotten". Mr Palmer was added to the Police Roll of Honour.

Tan Dawn Wei

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 24, 2017, with the headline 'Mum of two, cop and US tourist slain; 3 French schoolkids among injured'. Print Edition | Subscribe