Who Was Aysha Frade? The Westminster Attack Victim Was A Mother Of Two
As Britain continues to grapple with the aftermath of a deadly terror-inspired attack, the country turns to remembering those whose lives were lost Wednesday in London. A married mother of two has been identified as the second of three victims killed Wednesday in what police are treating as a deadly attack inspired by international terrorism. Aysha Frade was killed in the Westminster attack while on her way to pick her children up from school.
In what police are calling a deadly terror attack, a British-born man drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London on Wednesday before exiting his vehicle and stabbing a Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command member to death on Parliament grounds. Four people, including the attacker – a man previously known to police and intelligence agencies – were killed in the attack, which the Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for. London Metropolitan police officials confirmed Thursday that over 20 people were being treated for injuries related to the attack, and that several of those people had been critically injured.
Among the victims in Wednesday's attack is a 43-year-old married mother of two, who reportedly worked as a member of the administration team at DLD College just across the River Thames from Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster. According to reports, Frade had reportedly left DLD College and was on her way to pick up her two children from school when she was struck and killed on the bridge in the attack.
In a statement supplied to the Guardian, Rachel Borland, the principal at DLD College, said Frade was "highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all of us."
Frade was described by a former neighbor as being "such a kind, lovely woman," the Telegraph reported. Another described her as "one of the most upstanding members of society ... [and] a wonderful mother and a lovely person."
Although Frade was born and raised in London, her mother reportedly hailed from the town of Betanzos in Spain's autonomous community of Galicia. According to a statement from Betanzos Mayor Ramón García Vázquez, Frade was a frequent visitor to the town as many of her close relatives live there. "It's a tragedy," the Guardian reported Vázquez said. "There are people here in the town hall who knew her and her family and they're deeply affected."
Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command member Keith Palmer and American Kurt Cochran were also killed in Wednesday's attack. As the country mourns those killed Wednesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May urged those in the United Kingdom not to let fear prevail. "Yesterday, an act of terrorism tried to silence our democracy," May said in an address to the House of Commons on Thursday. "But today we meet as normal — as generations have done before us, and as future generations will continue to do — to deliver a simple message: we are not afraid. And our resolve will never waiver in the face of terrorism."