Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Confirmed: 2 Australians Killed in the London Terror Attack

The names of the two Australian victims have not been officially released, although the family of one - nurse Kirsty Boden (28) from South Australia - has confirmed her death.

Vowls, 47, who came across the disturbing scene while making his way home from a night out with friends, later identified the young woman as Australian nanny Sara Zelenak.

The family of Sara Zelenak say they are "distraught" after she was identified as the second Australian to have died during the weekend terror attacks in London.

Her family said in a statement that she worked in a homeless shelter before moving to Europe to be with her fiance.

Several Australian and New Zealand nationals have been caught up in these attacks with some still recovering in hospital.

Sara Zelenak's mother, Julie Wallace, said DNA tests had confirmed her daughter was among those murdered when three men drove a van into pedestrians before stabbing passers-by.

Five out of the seven confirmed deaths from the attack have now been named, including Londoner James McMullan, 32, Canadian tourist Christine Archibald, 30, and French waiter Alexandre Pigeard, 27.

"The one with Ariana Grande's [concert], she was going to go to the concert".

Ms Gonçalves earlier told Fairfax Media she was separated from Ms Zelenak as they desperately ran away from London Bridge. "I wanted all of them to chase me so they would leave her alone and so I ran down to the community garden (near Southwark Cathedral)". "So I started calling her but she never picked up the phone". She called Sara three times that night but never got a reply.

Australian media reported that she was from Loxton in southern Australia.

She had been with a friend, Pri Goncalves, 26, when the two heard the white Renault van crash on the bridge.

More than $9000 has since been raised online for Ms Zelenak's parents to travel to the UK. Her aunt, Tara, spoke on behalf of the family yesterday, saying, "The family is trying to keep it together but bracing for the worst obviously".

His sister Melissa McMullan described her brother as an "inspiration" and a "unique personality".

"She's the girl next door, she's a very special, kindred spirit", she said.

"She's one of those people that doesn't drink, doesn't do drugs, doesn't do anything wrong".

Fears are also growing for 45-year-old Xavier Thomas, who has not been seen since Saturday night.

'You bought so much joy into our lives, to me an Bea for so long and also to Mum and Dad, who took you under their wing like no other.

"She's very sensible, far more sensible than I was at her age".

"Unfortunately (this was) cut short by a senseless act of terrorism", added her mother.

"I recognise that I might not go everywhere but I should definitely go everywhere I can, and so should you!"

Ms Zelenak's mother also revealed that her daughter had narrowly avoided being caught up in both the Manchester and Westminster terror attacks that rocked the United Kingdom earlier this year.

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