Westminster attack: Tributes paid to ‘wonderful mum’ Aysha Frade
Tributes have been paid to “wonderful” mother-of-two and “loved” teacher Aysha Frade, one of the victims of the terror attack in London.
The 43-year-old was on her way to pick up her two daughters, aged 11 and eight, from school when she was hit by a car on Westminster Bridge.
Mrs Frade, a language teacher, was born in Britain and had lived in London her entire life, but her mother was born in Betanzos, near the Galician city of La Coruna in north Spain, and her father was of Cypriot origin.
The family is well known in La Coruna city as her two sisters run a large English language academy in Bentanzos.
Mrs Frade worked in the administration team at DLD College London, just a few hundred metres from Westminster Bridge.
Paying tribute, principal Rachel Borland said she was “a highly regarded and loved member of staff” who would be “deeply missed” by everyone at the college.
Mrs Frade’s family in Spain are making their way to London and are expected to arrive later today. A minute’s silence was held in Bentanzos in her memory on Thursday.
Vigi Sawdon, a former neighbour of Mrs Frade in Notting Hill, said: “If you can imagine one of the most upstanding members of society, that was her.
“She was just a wonderful mother and a lovely person.”
Ms Sawdon described Mrs Frade as “one of the most charming” people, and said her children were “adorable”, adding: “It’s just so terribly sad.”
Three people are so far confirmed to have died in the attack – PC Keith Palmer, Mrs Frade and a man in his 50s who is yet to be named.
The assailant was also shot at the scene and later died.
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