Tuesday 26 September 2017

Westminster attack victim dies in hospital

Andreea Cristea Photo: Handout/PA Wire
Andreea Cristea Photo: Handout/PA Wire

Gregory Katz

A Romanian tourist who was knocked into the River Thames in the Westminster terror attack has died.

Andreea Cristea (31) was struck as Khalid Masood ploughed through pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22.

She had been visiting London with her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, who was due to propose to her later on the day of the attack.

Life support for Ms Cristea was withdrawn on Thursday afternoon, and her death brings the number of innocent victims of the attack to five.

Mr Burnaz suffered a broken foot, and attended a vigil on Westminster Bridge last week.

In a statement, Mr Burnaz and Ms Cristea's family said she would "always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our heart".

They said the money raised for her recovery would now be donated to charity.

Also killed in the attack were Utah man Kurt Cochran (54); Britons Leslie Rhodes (75) and Aysha Frade (44); and 48-year-old police officer Keith Palmer.

Irish Independent

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