Qld terror victim’s close calls with death

Australian nanny Sara Zelenak narrowly avoided two deadly terrorist attacks in the months before she was killed on London Bridge at the weekend.


Friends and family are mourning the loss of Ms Zelenak, the latest victim of the London terror attacks to be identified.

The 21-year-old from Brisbane became separated from friends during the attack on London Bridge and the nearby Borough Market late on Saturday night.

Her mother Julie Wallace confirmed her death in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

Still hopeful of finding her daughter alive on Tuesday, Ms Wallace had told Brisbane radio station 97.3FM she was fortunate to evade two prior terror attacks

Ms Zelenak had a ticket but didn’t go to the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, the site of last month’s suicide bombing, and she was also at Westminster Bridge a day before that deadly rampage in March.

Ms Wallace had said they were looking forward to a French holiday later this month.

Friends and her former Moreton Bay College school community were notified on Wednesday afternoon Ms Zelenak, who had been working in London as an au pair, was among the seven killed.

Her stepfather, Mark Wallace, posted a simple tribute to Facebook.

“I really miss that funny little laugh,” he wrote alongside a video of a giggling Ms Zelenak feeding an elephant.

Her aunt, Tara, said Ms Wallace broke down when she learnt the news during her travels to the UK.

“Even though there was limbo for days, there was still a bit of hope,” she said via Facebook.

“We are all so distraught to have lost our little Sara.

“She is the most beautiful, happy, positive young lady with so much to live for.

“Her heart and spirit will live on in all of us.”

In a statement, Moreton Bay College expressed “deep sadness” at news of the popular former student’s passing.

“This is the first time our college community has been touched by an act of terrorism and our hearts are broken by the loss of Sara,” a statement said.

“Sara was a positive, popular student who always had a smile on her face. She embodied the values of Moreton Bay College and was adored by her peers and staff.

“This is how she will be forever remembered.”

Students and staff will gather on Thursday to honour the young woman’s life.

It follows confirmation South Australian nurse Kirsty Boden, 28, also died in the attack.

Ms Zelenak is the fifth victim to be identified.