Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heroic Nurse Killed as She Ran to Help the Wounded; Tributes Paid to Brave Australian Who Worked at Guy's Hospital

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Heroic Nurse Killed as She Ran to Help the Wounded; Tributes Paid to Brave Australian Who Worked at Guy's Hospital

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Byline: Rashid Razaq, Rachel Dickerson and David Churchill

A NURSE was killed by the terrorists as she "ran towards danger" to help the injured and the dying, her family said today.

Australian Kirsty Boden, 28, who lived and worked in the capital, is the third victim of the atrocity to be named.

Her family said in a statement: "Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend. She was the most outgoing, kind and generous person who loved to help people. Helping people was what she loved to do in her job as a nurse and in her daily life.

"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life. We are so proud of Kirsty's brave actions which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life. Kirsty, we love you and we will miss you dearly.

Ms Boden was a staff nurse at Guy's Hospital. Dame Eileen Sills, Chief Nurse at Guy's and St Thomas', said: "I cannot put into words how sad I am that we have lost one of our own."

Londoner James McMullan, 32, and Canadian Christine Archibald, 30, were the first victims to be named.

Ms Boden is believed to be the fourth Australian caught-up in the attack. Candice Hedge, 31, is in hospital, while Andrew Morrison received stitches for a wound and was on his way home.

Nanny Sara Zelenak, 21, who was last seen on London Bridge moments before the attack, remains missing. A friend said they became separated as they ran for their lives.

Her aunt Tara told Australia's ABC News at the family home near Brisbane: "We are emotionally distraught. The family is trying to keep it together but bracing for the worst." She broke down as she described her "absolutely beau-tiful" niece as "the girl next door" and a "very special, kindred spirit".

Ms Zelenak's mother, Julie Wallace, said her daughter had been travelling in Europe since March and was working as an au pair. She had a "strange call" from the family her daughter was staying with, who said they had given her a night off to go out with a friend. "She never came back," said Ms Wallace. …

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