Bladon Family ‘devastated’ After Jerusalem Stabbing Attack

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Family from British student stabbed in Jerusalem, Hannah Bladon, stated that they feel “devastated” by this “senseless and tragic attack”.

Bladon, 20, had been attacked whilst on a train in the touristic city, this Friday.

She had been studying in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem during the time surrounding her death and was taking part with an archaeological dig the very same morning.

Attack

Hannah Bladon had been stabbed multiple times on her chest and passed away in hospital.

The man pulled his knife from out of his bag and stabbed her multiple times as she was on the local train through Old City, which experienced heavy traffic for Good Friday and Passover.

One ma, 57, believed to be Palestinian, had been arrested on scene.

Family Response

In a recent statement, the Bladon family stated that she had been “the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for”.

They added: “Hannah was a talented musician, part of a serving team at her local church and a member of her local archaeological group.

“She was an enthusiastic rugby player and a keen Derby County supporter.

“She was driven and passionate and her death leaves so much promise unfulfilled.”

Community

Her tutor, Dr Andrew Davies, who is the director of the religion and theology department in her university, stated Bladon had been a “rare treasure”.

“I think one of the first things that struck us about her was her enthusiasm,” he recalled.

“She was always the kind of first to be there for lecture [sic], bright-eyed, bushy tailed, even in the early hours of the morning. Really enthusiastic, really dedicated and really committed – clear first-class material and she wanted to be an academic in the future.”

The Bishop in Lichfield, Right Reverend Dr Michael Ipgrave, stated that Bladon had “an active part in the life of her local church” in the Burton-upon-Trent community.

“My thoughts are with her church family in Burton,” said Ipgrave.