Woman of London terror attack buried in Romania

2017-05-13 16:02
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Constanta - A Romanian tourist thrown into the Thames when an extremist plowed into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge, was on Saturday finally buried in this Black Sea port which was her hometown.

Andreea Cristea, 31, was knocked into the river when Khalid Masood drove his rented SUV into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge on March 22. She died two weeks later. Her boyfriend, Andrei Burnaz, who was about to propose, suffered a broken foot.

Masood rushed on to the grounds of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a policeman before being shot dead by another officer.

The Romanian couple were on a short vacation to celebrate Burnaz's birthday.

Wounded in rampage

About 150 mourners carrying flickering candles gathered at the St Mary's church wearing badges with her photo which said: "Forever in my heart!" Two heart-shaped wreaths of white roses adorned her coffin. Orthodox Archbishop Teodosie of Tomis headed a phalanx of priests who wafted incense during the service, much of which was sung.

Cristea was pulled from the Thames and later had surgery for a blood clot on the brain. She died on April 6 when life support was withdrawn.

She was the fifth victim of Masood, a 52-year-old former convict who had embraced radical Islam. Dozens more were wounded in his rampage.

Police believe Masood, who had convictions for violent crimes, acted alone.
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