Galician town mourns victim of London terror attack

Galician town mourns victim of London terror attack
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Aysha Frade, a 43-year-old mother of two with family in Spain, was named as one of the victims in the terrorist attack in London on Wednesday.

The Spanish teacher was mowed down as she walked across Westminister Bridge on Wednesday afternoon after finishing work at a language school near the Houses of Parliament.

The town of Betanzos in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia was reeling from the news that one of its own had died in London after the tragic news was shared on social media on Wednesday evening.

Born Aysha Ahmet Caldelas, she was the daughter of a Cypriot father and Galician mother who spent her annual holidays in the town of Betanzos, where her two elder sisters run a language academy.

She was born in London and made her life there after marrying her Portuguese husband with whom she had two daughters, aged 11 and eight. According to La Voz de Galicia, she worked as head of department and taught Spanish at DLD College London, which is located on Westminster Bridge Road.

News that one of the victims of the attack had links to Galicia spread fast after children arriving for afterschool classes at the Betanzos school on Wednesday were turned away and parents told of the tragedy.

A notice was posted on the community facebook page. “Betanzos with London. we have lost a daughter of Betanzos, poor Aysha, I have a broken heart. My sincerest condolences.

Friends who live in the town posted comments expressing shock and sending their condolences to the family.

Spain's government offices in Moncloa will be holding a minute's silence at midday for the vicitms of the attack.