Keith Palmer, the police officer who was stabbed by the alleged attacker while guarding Westminster Palace, was the first victim identified in the London attack. The 48-year-old husband and father served as a member of the Metropolitan Police’s parliamentary and diplomatic protection command for 15 years. In a tribute to Palmer Thursday, Prime Minister Theresa May said he was “every inch a hero, and his actions will never be forgotten.”
A British woman was also identified as one of the victims. Aysha Frade, a 43-year-old Spanish teacher at DLD College London, had left work and was crossing Westminster Bridge when she was hit by a vehicle driven by the alleged attacker. Rachel Borland, the principal of the college, told The Guardian that Frade was “highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all of us.” She is survived by her husband and their two children.
The third victim was identified as 43-year-old Kurt Cochran, an American tourist. According to a statement by Cochran’s brother-in-law, Clint Payne, both Cochran and his wife, Melissa, were in London celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary and were scheduled to return to the U.S. Thursday. Here’s more from the family’s statement:
Leslie Rhodes, the fourth victim, died Thursday from injuries sustained during the attack, Metropolitan Police confirmed. He was 75. A retired window cleaner from London, Rhodes was described by those who knew him as “the nicest man you ever met.”
Andreea Cristea, the 31-year-old Romanian woman who fell into the Thames river during the attack on Westminster Bridge, died more than two weeks later. Cristea was visiting London the day of the attack with her boyfriend, who had planned to propose marriage to her later that evening. She is believed to have fallen or jumped off the bridge into the Thames below, and was later pulled out by the London Port Authority. In a statement, Cristea’s family said, “After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea—wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine—was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way. She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.”