London attack: Australian woman Sara Zelenak was killed in Borough Market, mother confirms

Au pair is one of two Australians murdered in London Bridge attack, country's foreign minister confirms

Jon Sharman
Wednesday 07 June 2017 08:21
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Sarah Zelanak

An Australian woman who was thought to be missing following the London Bridge terror attack was killed in the atrocity after avoiding two other terror attacks, her mother has revealed.

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.

The 21-year-old nanny, from Brisbane, had become separated from her friends as they left the London Grind bar near the bridge when the attack happened.

According to Ms Wallace, her daughter had been at Westminster Bridge the day before Khalid Masood ploughed through pedestrians there in March, and had planned to go to the Manchester Ariana Grande concert on 22 May, Australian radio station 97.3FM reported.

Ms Zelenak's family and friends paid tribute online.

Her father, Mark Wallace, shared a video of his daughter and wrote: “I really miss that funny little laugh.”

Friend Elle Bishop said on Facebook: "I find solace in the fact that the hate that saw you taken from us, you have never felt inside, making you a remarkable young woman."

Ms Zelenak's aunt said on Facebook: "We are all so distraught to have lost our little Sara. She is the most beautiful, happy, positive young lady with so much to live for. Her heart and spirit will live on in all of us."

Ms Zelenak had not been seen since the attack after she became separated from friends on Saturday night.

Two Australians were confirmed among the dead by the country's minister for foreign affairs, Julie Bishop.

Later on Wednesday the Metropolitan Police confirmed Ms Zelenak's death and released a statement on behalf of her family.

It said: "We are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of our beautiful daughter and sister of Harrison and Scott. Sara's family and friends are devastated. We would like to thank our friends and family who are helping us through this very difficult time."

Additional reporting by agencies

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