Westminster victim had been ‘worried about terror attacks’ but thought she was ‘in the safest part of London’

A MUM-of-two who was killed in the Westminster attack had been worried about terrorism but thought she in the safest part of London, an inquest heard.

Aysha Frade, 44, died after being mowed down by a 4×4 car driven by terrorist Khalid Masood, 52, as she went to pick up her children from school.

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Westminster victim Aysha Frade, 44, had been worried about terror attacks[/caption]

The Spanish teacher was Masood’s third victim and the car would go on to kill another pedestrian before the jihadist leapt out to stab PC Keith Palmer to death outside Parliament.

Mrs Frade was walking towards Parliament looking at her phone and appeared completely unaware as the Hyundai 4×4 swept beneath her legs, flipping her through the air and into the bus lane.

Masood was killed after ramming a hired Hyundai 4×4 into at least 35 people on the bridge and leaving the vehicle to stab PC Keith Palmer, 48, to death by the Palace of Westminster.

Mrs Frade, from London, US tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, and Romanian tourist Andreea Cristea, 31, died of their injuries after Masood crashed into them.

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Mrs Frade was walking towards Parliament looking at her phone and appeared completely unaware as the Hyundai 4×4 swept beneath her legs, flipping her through the air and into the bus lane[/caption]

Aysha told her sister she had been concerned about terrorism but believed she lived in the safest part of London
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Michelle Frade told the inquest of her sisters’ fears of working close to Westminster

“She said she was worried about terrorism attacks, I remember telling her that if anything happened she would be in the safest part of London,” Michelle said.
She added: “Our hearts are broken beyond repair and this portrait will never do justice to who she was and who she is.” Her husband John said: “She was cowardly and brutally ripped away from us, we will never be able to fully articulate the sorry and devastation.”

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Khalid Masood, 52, hit pedestrians as he ploughed across Westminster Bridge[/caption]

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PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Leslie Rhodes, Andreea Cristea and Kurt Cochran (from left to the right) – the victims of the Westminster terror attack[/caption]

Pictures show a blade lying on the cobbled street next to Masood
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Pictures show a blade lying on the cobbled street next to Masood[/caption]

The Coroner, Judge Mark Lucraft has described how ‘the lives of many were torn apart by 82 seconds of high and terrible drama’.
Witnesses have described the scene as like watching a bowling ball knocking down pins.
The jury inquest continues and is expected to last up to five weeks.

 

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