RIP Andreea Cristea
Last month’s Westminster attack left 50 injured and four victims deceased but sadly, that number has now risen to five.
When 31-year-old Romanian Andreea Cristea was thrown into the River Thames as attacker Khalid Masood drove his car into the pavement on Westminster Bridge, the world, including her boyfriend Andrei Burnaz, who she was on holiday with, hoped she would pull through.
Having received medical treatment in hospital, it’s now been confirmed that she sadly passed away yesterday.
Her boyfriend Andrei Burnaz was discharged shortly after the attack and has since told press that he was planning to propose during the pair’s trip to London.
A joint statement from her family and Andrei reads:
‘After fighting for her life for over two weeks, our beloved and irreplaceable Andreea – wonderful daughter, sister, partner, dedicated friend and the most unique and life loving person you can imagine – was cruelly and brutally ripped away from our lives in the most heartless and spiritless way.
She will always be remembered as our shining ray of light that will forever keep on shining in our hearts.
Andreea is now unfortunately not able to have part of the money that was raised for her recovery, so we would like to donate it to charity. She would not have it any other way.
There are no words to even begin to describe the crushing pain and emptiness that is left in our hearts.
Our family, together with Andrei, are deeply touched and eternally grateful for the unimaginable efforts and never-ending dedication provided to her and us by the entire medical personnel of each and every hospital involved. Their kindness and empathy are beyond compare.
We would not have been able to live through these trying and tragically hurtful weeks without the support of the Metropolitan Police, the UK Government and every department involved.
Our hearts and love go out to our two Family Liaison Officers, Detective Sergeants Tony De-Wilde and Geraint Jones, who stood beside us every single step of the way. You were our lifeline and we will never be able to thank you enough.’
But, the country remains unified, with thousands gathering for the vigil after the events and Muslim women gathering on Westminster bridge to show their condolences, too, while sending out the strong message that extremism is not the norm.