So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Canadian victim of London Islamist attack from Castlegar, BC.

The CBC reports:
The Canadian woman killed during the attack in London was struck on London Bridge and died in her fiancé's arms, her fiancé's siblings say. 
Christine Archibald, originally from Castlegar, B.C., was among the seven people killed Saturday night in what U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has described as a "brutal terrorist attack."
The 30-year-old woman was in London for the weekend with her fiancé, Tyler Ferguson. His sister, Cassie Ferguson, said her brother was with Archibald on the bridge during the attack.
"He is broken into a million pieces," Ferguson's sister told CBC News in a Facebook Messenger conversation. "He held her and watched her die in his arms."
According to a statement from the Archibald family, the young woman had a huge heart. She had been working at Alpha House, a homeless shelter in Calgary, before her move to Europe.
"She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected," the statement said.
"They were very madly in love and had quite the plans for the future," Mark Ferguson said. "[It's] obviously very, very devastating for him. The love of his life has just been ripped away from him."
Mark Ferguson said his brother had been in London for about a week on business, and Archibald joined him there for the weekend.
"She had never been there before so they decided to take a walking tour of London in the nighttime," he said.
The couple got engaged just a few months ago, with Ferguson proposing soon after Archibald had joined him in the Netherlands.
Ferguson was walking just ahead of Archibald on London Bridge when the attack happened.
"He heard tires screeching and he looked back, and he just saw the mayhem going on and the van hitting people," Mark Ferguson said. (Remember who committed this crime and why.)
"He tried CPR on her ... first responders showed up right away and they tried to do everything they could for her. She passed in his arms."
Ferguson remains in London and his brother says family members are travelling to be with him. "He can't sleep, he can't eat, he can't think, he can't do anything, really. He's just trying to hold on until my mom gets there."
Archibald was awarded a diploma in social work from Calgary's Mount Royal University in 2015. In a statement, the school's president, David Docherty, called her a "truly outstanding student."
"It is with great sadness that we learned an alumna of Mount Royal University was killed in a horrific act of violence in London this weekend," he said. "Our deepest condolences go to her family and loved ones, as well as to members of our community who are grieving her loss."
Remember this story.

Pray for the deceased; may she rest in peace. Pray for the injured. Pray for the medical personnel treating the injured. Pray for the families and friends affected by this wanton act of violence.

Remember Christine Archibald; remember Tyler Ferguson. Remember his loss. May God grant peace to him and to Christine Archibald's family through the company and consolation of family and friends and through the kindness of people of goodwill. May God grant them every grace to help them at this unimaginably difficult time. Amen.

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