NEWS
03/06/2018 11:16 BST | Updated 04/06/2018 08:41 BST

These Are The Victims Of The London Bridge And Borough Market Terror Attack

Keep these people in your thoughts today.

A year ago a white van ploughed into people on London Bridge before three killers carried out a frenzied knife attack in Borough Market, leaving eight dead and dozens injured.

As the nation commemorates the victims of the terror attack, these are the people who lost their lives in the murderous rampage.

Met Police/PA
The eight people who lost their lives in the London Bridge terror attack last year

– Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, who lived in The Hague, Holland.

Originally from British Columbia, Ms Archibald died in the arms of her fiancé, Tyler Ferguson, on London Bridge.

“She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected,” a family statement said.

“She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.

“Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

– James McMullan, 32, from Brent, north-west London.

The entrepreneur, who lived in Hackney, was celebrating with friends after securing the first stage of investment for his education start-up, which aimed to provide free education to children in the developing world.

His mother Mila, 65, said: “James was an intelligent guy and knew and tried everything. He abseiled down a 70-storey building in Canary Wharf for charity. The idea for his business came from his travels in Cambodia and Vietnam.

“He saw children who could not afford an education. He spent time  living in the jungle with these children. They loved him. Where he went children would follow him like sheep.”

– French national, Alexandre Pigeard, 26.

He working on the terrace of a restaurant in Borough Market, where he had been employed for nine months.

In a statement, his family said he was passionate about electronic music and a member of a group of DJs.

They said: “Alexandre was a marvellous son, a perfect older brother and a radiant young man much loved by all who had the good fortune to meet him.

“All his friends praised his kindness, his good humour and his generosity.”

– Chef Sebastien Belanger, 36. Originally from Angers, western France.

A chef at the Coq d’Argent near Bank, he had been watching the Champions League final with friends at a nearby pub.

After his death, tributes flooded in from friends. One former colleague wrote: “Today we are all Sebastien Belanger there are no words to describe the sadness I feel. Such an amazing, decent and kind human.

“Life is so cruel at times, we should remember to be as kind as Seb, if we are all a little more like him than the world will be a little bit brighter.

“Sleep well my friend.”

– Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, from Loxton.

Colleagues at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital in central London described her as “one in a million”.

John Chatterjee, a doctor who attended the London Bridge attack, paid tribute to a “colourful” character.

The consultant, who works at Guy’s, said: “She was always very colourful, very, very professional and really good at her job.

“I remember seeing her that morning but I didn’t get a chance to speak to her. I only found out what happened the following morning.”

– Australian Sara Zelenak, 21, from Brisbane.

Working as an au pair in London, her parents said they were “deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter”.

Her aunt described her niece as “the girl next door, very special and a kindred spirit”.

– Spanish banker Ignacio Echeverria, 39, from As Pontes.

He died trying to defend a woman who was being stabbed by the attackers.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has praised his “heroic and exemplary act”.

His sister, Isabel, went on social media to pay tribute to her brother and said he would never be forgotten.

“My brother Ignacio tried to stop the terrorists and lost his life trying to save others,” she said.

– Xavier Thomas, 45. The Frenchman had been visiting London for the weekend with his girlfriend.

He was recovered from the river near Limehouse in east London, downstream of London Bridge, three days after the attack.

His girlfriend, Christine Delcros, who was struck and seriously injured in the attack, said her partner said he was “an exceptional man” who “did everything for his children”.

She said: “I wish, during these difficult times, to pay tribute to the exceptional man you were and will still remain for us all.”