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First victim of London Bridge massacre identified as "beautiful and loving" Canadian Chrissy Archibald

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Chrissy Archibald has been described as a "beautiful and loving" bride-to-be © Mirror Chrissy Archibald has been described as a "beautiful and loving" bride-to-be

The first victim of the London Bridge terror attack has been identified as "beautiful and loving" bride-to-be Chrissy Archibald. Chrissy, from British Colombia, Canada, was among seven people killed in the atrocity last night, a family spokesperson confirmed. Her grieving relatives today paid tribute to a woman who "believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected". They also revealed that she used to work in a shelter for the homeless before deciding to move to Europe to be with her fiancé. They urged members of the public to volunteer their time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter, saying: "Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

In a statement, they said: "We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected. "She lived this belief working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiancé. She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death." They added: "Please honor her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter. "Tell them Chrissy sent you.”

The identity of Chrissy, from Castlegar, comes after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned the senseless attack. At least 48 people were injured after three terrorists drove a van into pedestrians before stabbing bystanders last night. Trudeau said: "I am heartbroken that a Canadian is among those killed.

"We grieve with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones, and wish all those injured a speedy and full recovery. "Londoners and people across the United Kingdom have always displayed strength and resilience in the face of adversity.

"We recently witnessed this after the attacks in Manchester and in the Westminster area of London. "This time will be no different." He added: "These hateful acts do not deter us; they only strengthen our resolve. Canadians stand united with the British people. "We will continue to work together with the United Kingdom and all our allies to fight terrorism and bring perpetrators to justice."

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A French national has also been confirmed as one of the seven people killed in the murderous rampage, although they are yet to be named. Another French person is missing and four are seriously injured in hospital. Three men launched the shocking attack as revellers were out enjoying their evening, first ramming a van into unsuspecting pedestrians. They then got out and stabbed revellers in nearby bars. Twenty one people were left fighting for their lives.

Horrified witnesses described attackers slashing the throats, faces and stomachs of their victims with 12-inch knives. One man told BBC news he heard them shouting "this is for Allah". Police opened fire with an "unprecedented" hail of 50 bullets to kill the three knifemen, who were wearing fake suicide bomb vests. The men were gunned down by eight officers outside a pub, while a bystander was injured when they were accidentally hit by a stray bullet. The atrocity was the third terrorist outrage to hit the country this year. Prime Minister Theresa May delivered a stark assessment of the threat facing the UK, saying that although there was no direct link between the three incidents, "terrorism breeds terrorism".

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People from around the world were caught up as hundreds cowered in pubs and restaurants, barricading themselves inside as the attackers stalked the streets. Tales of heroism emerged in the aftermath, with one British Transport Police officer taking on the trio armed only with his baton before being stabbed in the head, face and leg.

An off-duty Metropolitan police officer was also injured after he tackled the men. Canadian authorities confirmed one of its citizens had died, while French officials say a French person is among the dead, another is missing and four are seriously injured in hospital. As counter-terrorism police units and security services launched a huge investigation for the third time in a matter of weeks, officers arrested 12 people in raids on flats in Barking, east London, where residents said they believe one of the terrorists may have lived.

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