Friends of London Bridge terror victim Kirsty Boden have remembered her as someone who never gave up – whether she was chasing her dreams overseas, saving lives as a nurse or running to help others the night she was killed.
The 28-year-old, dubbed the “Angel of London Bridge” for trying to help victims of the June attack before she herself was fatally stabbed, was on Saturday farewelled in an emotional memorial service in Sydney.
Friends paddled into the ocean off Tamarama Beach and threw sunflowers into the waves as one of Ms Boden’s favourite Ed Sheeran songs played and up to 100 mourners watched on.
The young nurse, originally from South Australia, had lived and worked in the UK since 2013 but before then spent a number of years in Sydney where she was a volunteer at the Tamarama surf life saving club.
One of her former Sydney housemates, Kate Williams, said on Saturday she didn’t know how to go on knowing her friend had “become the angel we all know she was”.
“I have never met anyone else like her and I know I never will,” she said.
“The only thing I am holding onto … is the strength and sheer bravery she had every day of her life.”
Another housemate, Sarah Misdom, remembered endless laughter in their Randwick share house, where there was “always an excuse for a drink and a night out – along with a good story for the next morning”.
“We often heard Boden coming in at odd times, whether it was after night shift, drinks, her morning swim or a random adventure,” she said.
“She made the most of every day.”
Malcolm Turnbull paid tribute to “a beautiful young Australian with so much of her life ahead of her”, in a message read aloud by Waverley Mayor Sally Betts.
“On that awful night, when Kirsty Boden ran towards the injured and the dying to render aid, she showed the world the best of our Australian character,” the prime minister said.