Turkish Cypriot named among victims of Westminster attack


One of the victims of Wednesday’s London terror attack has been named as Aysha Frade, a 43-year-old British woman of Spanish-Turkish Cypriot heritage.

The mother-of-two was born in Britain to a Spanish mother and Turkish Cypriot father. Her husband John Frade is of Portuguese origin. Aysha’s father Taylan Ahmet passed away in December 2014.

According to media reports, Aysha had left work at the DLD College near Westminster Bridge, where she taught Spanish, yesterday afternoon to collect her two children, aged eight and 11, from school. She was crossing the bridge when she was fatally hit by the car used in the Westminster attack.

Her mother and two sisters are said to be making their way to London from Spain to support the family. Aysha’s relatives in Cyprus were similarly distraught by the news. Her cousin Kudret Bezhat, whose mother is the sister of Aysha’s late father, cursed the attacker and said they were “dying of worry”.

A former neighbour Patricia Scotland told media that she had known Aysha’s husband John virtually all his life, and had met Aysha when the couple first started dating. She described them as a “lovely family”.

A young Aysha Frade pictured with her late father Taylan Ahmet and two sisters
A young Aysha pictured with her late father Taylan Ahmet and two sisters. Picture Facebook/Aysha Frade

Tributes also poured in on social media after friends learned of her death. Ramon Tombo Bastida wrote: “Wonderful lovely woman. We will all sadly miss you. RIP Aysha.”

Begonia Lopez Martinez said: “There is a new angel in the sky… One amazing, extraordinary angel… Going to miss you!!! RIP lovely & wonderful Aysha.”

A statement was issued by Aysha’s workplace DLD College London. Principal Rachel Borland said:

“We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news that one of the victims yesterday was a member of our staff, Aysha Frade. All our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with her family. We will be offering every support we can to them as they try to come to terms with their devastating loss. “Aysha worked as a member of our administration team at the college. She was highly regarded and loved by our students and by her colleagues. She will be deeply missed by all of us.” 

Aysha’s Facebook account has been turned into a remembrance page of her life, displaying photos she had posted of her family during happy times.

Our deepest condolences to Aysha’s family and friends at this difficult time.