Family mourns 'beautiful mother' killed in Sydney mall stabbing

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  • Sunday, 14 Apr 2024

FILE PHOTO: Emergency service workers are seen near Bondi Junction after multiple people were stabbed inside the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre in Sydney, April 13, 2024. AAP Image/Steven Saphore via REUTERS/File Photo

SYDNEY (Reuters) -Young Sydney mother Ashlee Good, who cradled her nine-month old daughter Harriet, was one of the victims of a random shopping mall stabbing attack which killed six people, her family confirmed in a statement on Sunday.

Five women and a male security guard were killed in the Saturday attack in the Sydney suburb of Bondi, police confirmed on Sunday, adding that 12 people remained in hospital.

Good, 38, was among the dead. Police said her daughter was in a serious, but stable, condition in hospital.

"We are reeling from the terrible loss of Ashlee, a beautiful mother, daughter, sister, partner, friend an all round outstanding human and so much more," the family said in the statement, which was reported by local media.

"We can report that after hours of surgery yesterday our baby is current doing well," the family said.

Witnesses told local media Good had been seen cradling her daughter and had sought help from passers-by following the attack.

Good, an osteopath who described herself on LinkedIn as an "articulate and driven" professional, had posted last month about "what a privilege it is to become a parent", alongside a photo of her with her daughter Harriet.

In Bondi, several people lay flowers at the entrance of the shopping mall where the attack took place.

"It's such a tragic and shocking event," said John Tognolini, 65, who came from Katoomba, a town around 90 km (56 miles) from Sydney, to lay flowers.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Sunday he had received condolence messages from around the world, and in the Vatican, a top cardinal said Pope Francis was "deeply saddened to learn of the violent attack in Sydney".

"He sends the assurance of his spiritual closeness to all affected by this senseless tragedy, especially those who are now mourning the loss of a loved one," the Vatican telegram said.

(Reporting by Sam McKeith, Scott Murdoch and Alasdair Pal in Sydney; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and Miral Fahmy)

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