Australian Woman Died Helping Others In London Terror Attack
The South Australian family of Kirsty Boden say they are "so proud" of her selfless bravery as she ran into danger to help victims of the London terror attack before she was struck down herself.
The 28-year-old nurse was among seven people who died in the attack on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market on Saturday night local time (Sunday AEST).
"As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life," the family said in a statement issued through London's Metropolitan Police on Tuesday.
"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."
It was unclear if Ms Boden was hurt when three men used a van to run down pedestrians on the bridge or when they went on a stabbing rampage in a nearby market.
The three terrorists were quickly shot dead by police.
"Kirsty was loved and adored by her family, friends and boyfriend," the family statement read.
"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."
The family, from Loxton in SA's Riverland region, asked for "the privacy we need to grieve away from the public eye".
Ms Boden worked in the theatre recovery ward at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital which said on Tuesday she was a "one in a million" nurse who "always went the extra mile for the patients in her care".
SA Premier Jay Weatherill offered his condolences on Tuesday saying "Kirsty's death brings the horror of terrorism closer to home for all of us".
"It's the random nature of this heinous crime which makes it so hard to fathom," he said in a statement.
Confirmation of Ms Boden's death comes as Australian authorities work with UK police to determine what happened to Brisbane woman Sara Zelenak, who is still missing after being separated from friends on London Bridge during the attack.
A Facebook post by a family friend shared hundreds of times on Monday appealed for information about the 21-year-old, saying she usually rang her mother daily.
Her family are reported to be distraught and "bracing for the worst".