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Missing NZ woman in London bombings named

Missing New Zealand woman in London bombings named

The New Zealand High Commission in London has been asked on behalf of the family of the missing New Zealand woman, to advise that she is believed to have been on one of the Underground trains involved in the bombings on 7 July, and is presumed to have died.

Shelley Marie Mather had been living and working in London for the last three years and held dual passports with both New Zealand and Irish citizenship.

Her parents, John Mather and Kathryn Gilkison arrived in London from Auckland on Sunday to assist in the search for Shelley.

The Rt Hon Jonathan Hunt issued the following statement on their behalf:

“Shelley was a beautiful and vibrant girl who was truly loving, caring and giving.

John and Kathryn are very grateful for the tremendous support they have received over the past few days from family, friends, staff at the High Commission, the Metropolitan Police and many others. John and Kathryn feel deeply for Shelley’s London flatmates and friends and the others who knew her and who are sharing the indescribable grief. They also wish to extend their heartfelt sympathy to other families who have been devastated by the bombings.”

Shelley’s parents have said they will not be making any further media statements or conducting interviews at this time. Their focus is in supporting family and friends and taking Shelley home.

Messages of support can be sent to the New Zealand High Commission in London using the email address: messages@newzealandhc.org.uk and these will be passed onto the family. A condolence book for Shelley will also be available for signing in the main foyer of the High Commission from 18-22 July.

Shelley’s parents have requested that family and friends in New Zealand are not approached for comment at this time. John and Kathryn will make a further statement once they are reunited with their families at home. Arrangements will also be made for a memorial service in New Zealand with details advised.

Shelley’s parents would like “Anna” to know her card was found at Russell Square. In part the card read:

‘To the mother looking for her girl. My tears are for you. I wish you strength whatever you find here. Arohanui. Anna’

Notes for media The family have said that they will not be making further statements or media interviews at this time.

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