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Sixth victim of Bondi stabbing spree named

A Chinese student has been identified as the sixth victim of the Bondi Junction stabbing attack.

Five women and one man were killed in the attack, which also left a dozen injured.

Cauchi was shot dead by NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott.

Flowers laid outside the Westfield shopping centre at Bondi Junction after a stabbing spree left six dead. (Lisa Maree Williams)

Flowers have already been laid outside the shopping centre, which remains closed while police work through the crime scene.

The identities of several of the victims have also gradually been revealed, though it may take some time as Assistant Commissioner Anthony Cooke said this morning two of those killed had no family in Australia.

This is what we know about the victims so far.

Yixuan Cheng was named on Monday as the sixth victim of the stabbing spree.

The University of Sydney has confirmed she was a Chinese national who had been studying at their campus in Australia.

USYD student Yixuan Cheng was killed in the Bondi shopping centre stabbing spree. (Today)

“Like you, I am shocked and saddened by the senseless violence and loss of life that occurred at Bondi Junction on the weekend,” vice-chancellor and president Mark Scott said in a statement.

“On behalf of the University, I extend my sincere condolences to the student’s family and friends.

“We are working closely with the Chinese consulate and the student’s family to assist in any way we can.”

Police were yesterday trying to contact her family overseas.

The Chinese embassy released a statement saying “we are deeply shocked and saddened by the unfortunate death of one Chinese student and the serious injury of another.

“We extend our deep condolences to the victims and our heartfelt sympathies to their families, and wish early recovery to the injured.

“We will continue to maintain close communication with the Australian side and do our utmost to provide necessary assistance to the families of the Chinese victims.”

Pikria Darchia, 55, has been named as the fifth victim of the attack.

No further details about her have been released and her family has requested privacy.

Pikria Darchia, 55, has been named as the fifth victim of the Sydney attack.
Pikria Darchia, 55, has been named as the fifth victim of the Sydney attack. (Supplied)

Security guard Faraz Tahir was fatally stabbed while he was working at the centre.

It was Tahir’s first day of working at Westfield.

According to reports, he was trying to stop the attacker.

Security guard Faraz Tahir, aged 30, was fatally stabbed in the attack (Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia)

Tahir, 30, sought refuge in Australia a year ago, after fleeing persecution in his home country of Pakistan.

“We are devastated by Faraz’s passing and recognise our team member’s bravery and role as a first responder,” centre owners Scentre Group Chief Executive Officer, Elliott Rusanow said in a statement.

“Another member of our security team was injured and remains in hospital.”

He was a known and loved member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Australia and also actively contributed to the charitable endeavours of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth organisation.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Faraz’s family and loved ones during this difficult time, as well as with all the other victims and their families affected by this senseless act of violence,” the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Australia said in a statement.

“We extend our deepest condolences and stand in solidarity with the broader community as we come together to support one another in the face of tragedy.”

Ashlee Good, 38, was fatally wounded as she tried to save her baby from the attacker.

She was taken to hospital but later died.

Her nine-month-old daughter was also injured and remains in hospital after surgery.

Ashlee Good, 38, was fatally wounded as she tried to save her baby from the attacker. (Supplied)

Good’s family released a statement this morning.

“Today we are reeling from the terrible loss of Ashlee, a beautiful mother, daughter, sister, partner, friend, all round outstanding human and so much more,” they said.

“We appreciate the well-wishes and thoughts of members of the Australian public who have expressed an outpouring of love for Ashlee and our baby girl.”

The family said it was “struggling to come to terms” with the tragedy but thanked police and health personnel for their service.

“To the two men who held and cared for our baby when Ashlee could not – words cannot express our gratitude,” the statement read.

Good was remembered by her friend Andrew Reid as “the most beautiful person you’ve ever met” who had dreamed of being a mum.

“Never said a bad word about anyone, always, you know, light the room up with a smile,” he told Today.

An online fundraiser set up to support her family has raised thousands of dollars already.

Dawn Singleton, the daughter of millionaire Australian businessman John Singleton, was also killed in the attack.

The 25-year-old, named for Olympic swimming great Dawn Fraser, was the second victim identified.

A University of Technology Sydney graduate, Singleton worked as an e-commerce assistant at White Fox Boutique.

Dawn Singleton was killed in the Bondi stabbing attack. (Supplied)

In a social media post, White Fox Boutique said the women’s fashion line not only lost an employee but “someone special to us who felt like a family member”.

“We are all truly devastated by this loss,” it said.

“Dawn was a sweet, kind hearted person who had her whole life ahead of her. She was really amazing.

“We send our love and deepest condolences to her partner, the Singleton family and her friends.”

White Fox posted a tribute online. (Instagram)

Jade Young, an architect and mother-of-two, was the third victim identified in yesterday’s stabbing attack.

The 47-year-old Bellevue Hill woman has worked as an architect for more than two decades and is a member of the Bronte Surf Life Saving Club.

“I sadly have to report that a Bronte SLSC member, Jade Young, lost her life during the tragic events in Bondi Junction yesterday,” the club said in a statement.

Jade Young was identified as the third victim of the stabbing spree in Sydney's Bondi Junction.
Jade Young was identified as the third victim of the stabbing spree in Sydney’s Bondi Junction. (Supplied)

“Some of you might have known Jade as she and her family have been active in youth education.

“We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family and available support services as this tragedy will no doubt touch many in our community.”

The club has cancelled its weekly drinks to pay respect to Young and the five other victims.

Young’s workplace, Georgina Wilson Associates (GWA), paid tribute to their “beautiful” colleague.

“I can’t believe I am writing this, it doesn’t feel real,” the Double Bay-based architecture studio posted on Instagram.

“Jade was a part of our GWA team for over 12 years – she was family.

“Anyone who knew Jade knew what a beautiful, kind and warm soul she was.

“We are completely devastated. All our love goes out to her family.”We love you Jade.”

  • Six people have been killed in a mass stabbing attack at Westfield shopping centre at Bondi Junction in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
  • The man, 40-year-old Joel Cauchi, was shot dead by NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott at the scene. Police do not believe he acted “with ideation”.
  • Twelve people were taken to hospital, though police said others may have presented independently with minor injuries.
  • Five women and one man were killed in the attack, which also left a dozen injured.
  • They include Faraz Tahir, 30, a refugee who started working as a security guard that day; Ashlee Good, 38, a mum whose baby was also stabbed; Dawn Singleton 25, a shop worker and daughter of businessman John Singleton, architect and mother-of-two Jade Young, 47, and Pikria Darchia, 55.
  • Three people – a woman, man and a nine-month-old baby girl – remain in a critical condition.
  • Eight others are stable and one woman has been discharged from hospital.
  • Details are emerging of heroic acts by shoppers who tried to help as the rampage unfolded.
  • Mobile phone footage shows crowds hiding in stairwells, with other shoppers saying they were evacuated to the roof and others cowered in shops.
  • The shopping centre will remain closed on Monday as police work through the crime scene.

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