Kirsty Boden has been identified as a nurse who was killed while trying to help others during the London attacks last week. According to People Magazine, the 28 year old “ran toward the carnage” after a white van plowed into the crowd on London Bridge on Saturday, June 3. Boden wanted to help people who were injured in the attack, but ended up among the deceased.
Boden worked as a nurse at the nearby London’s Guy’s Hospital. When she heard the commotion, she was determined to help others, running over to help the injured.
Boden’s family released the following statement after learning of her tragic death.
“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. We will not be making any further comments on this tragedy and ask everyone, especially the media, to give us the privacy we need to grieve away from the public eye.”
Khuram Shazad Butt, 27, and Rachid Redouane, 30, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, have all been named as suspects by London Metropolitan Police. Authorities believe that these three men, all deceased, were at least partially responsible for the attack that killed seven people (including Boden) and injured 48 others.
Boden was well-liked by the staff at Guy’s Hospital. Chief Nurse Dame Eileen Sills released the following statement about their colleague, Boden, who “always went the extra mile for patients.”
“As the Chief Nurse of Guy’s and St Thomas’ I cannot put into words how sad I am that we have lost one of our own. Kirsty was an outstanding nurse and a hugely valued member of the staff team in Theatres Recovery, described by her colleagues as ‘one in a million’ who always went the extra mile for the patients in her care. Our thoughts at this time are with her family, her loved ones and our staff who have lost a dear friend and colleague.”