On Wednesday, a man drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in London and ran toward Parliament, where he stabbed a police officer to death. The first civilian victim identified was Aysha Frade, a Spanish teacher who worked at the nearby DLD College London and was reportedly crossing the bridge to pick her kids up from school.
“Aysha worked as a member of our administration team at the college. She was highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all of us," said Rachel Borland, the college's principal.
The 43-year-old mom of two is a British citizen with familial links to Betanzos, Spain, reports the Guardian. Her two sisters run an English school in the Spanish town.
“The rumors that started going round last night are sadly true,” said Betanzos' mayor Ramón García Vázquez. “It’s still early and I haven’t spoken to many people, but there are people here in the town hall who knew her and her family and they’re deeply affected.”
Today, whiteboard public announcements and generally lighthearted "thoughts of the day" on the London Underground are filled with somber messages of support and solidarity.