Everything we know so far about the horrific Bondi Junction Westfield attack

All six victims have now been identified.

Content warning: This article touches on sensitive topics which may be triggering for some readers.

On April 13, 2024, six people were brutally murdered at the Westfield shopping centre located in Bondi Junction.

12 others, including a baby, were also injured during the attack.

All six victims have now been identified:

Ashlee Good, 38

Ashlee Good spent her last moments trying to save her nine-month-old baby daughter, who was also stabbed during the attack.

Her family remembered her as “a beautiful mother, daughter, sister, partner, friend, all round outstanding human and so much more,” in a heart wrenching statement.

Ashlee’s family also confirmed that her infant daughter is now “doing well” after hours of surgery.

ashlee good was fatally stabbed during the bondi junction westfield attack

Dawn Singleton, 25

Dawn Singleton was fatally stabbed just weeks before her wedding. Dawn’s cousin Jade O’Connor penned a heartbreaking tribute to Dawn on Facebook.

“Dawn, I should be writing your wedding speech [but] instead I sit here sobbing coming to terms with how life isn’t fair that you are no longer here,” it read.

“This year you were meant to get married to the love of your life. I’m so broken and [can’t] believe this is reality.”

Dawn, who was the daughter of millionaire businessman John Singleton and lawyer Julie Martin, worked as an e-commerce assistant at White Fox Boutique. The company also shared a tribute on social media.

“Over the weekend we lost not only an employee… but someone special to us who felt like a family member. We are all truly devastated by this loss. Dawn was a sweet, kind hearted person who had her whole life ahead of her.

“She was really amazing [and] she will always be remembered as part of the White Fox family.”

dawn singleton was fatally stabbed during the bondi junction westfield attack

Jade Young, 47

Jade Young was a Sydney architect and mother of two. She was also a member of Bronte Surf Club.

“This is and will be a difficult time for the community,” the club wrote on Facebook.

“We are here to support the community, and our heartfelt condolences go out to everyone affected.”

jade young was fatally stabbed during the bondi junction westfield attack

Pikria Darchia, 55

Pikria Darchia was an artist from Georgia in Eastern Europe and mother of two sons.

pikria darchia

Yixuan Cheng, 27

Yixuan Cheng was an international university student. She was studying for a master’s degree in economics at the University of Sydney, according to Chinese media.

yixauan cheng

Faraz Tahir, 30

After fleeing from Pakistan, Faraz Tahir sought refuge in Australia about a year ago.

According to the Guardian, Faraz was working his first ever shift at Westfield as a security guard when he was fatally stabbed.

faraz tahir

What happened during the Bondi Junction Westfield attack?

At 3pm, on Saturday April 13, Joel Cauchi entered Bondi Junction’s Westfield. He left shortly after but returned at roughly 3.20pm with a knife.

The 40-year-old then began stabbing civilians at random. Police and NSW Ambulance quickly received multiple 000 calls about the attack.

Retail staff began barricading themselves and shoppers in their stores and an alarm urged people to immediately leave the centre.

Sadly, four women and one man died at the scene – Dawn Singleton, Jade Young, Pikria Darchia, Yixuan Cheng and Faraz Tahir – and several others sustained injuries.

At 3.40pm, officers from the Tactical Operations Unit stormed the Westfield. Then at 4pm, a lone female police officer – Inspector Amy Scott – shot Cauchi dead.

Those that were injured were then taken to various hospitals across Sydney. Ashlee Good, the sixth victim, sadly died in hospital.

On Sunday, April 14, Cauchi was formally identified as the attacker.

police at the scene of the bondi junction westfield attack

The Queensland man recently moved to NSW and was known to police. Police also shared that they believe Cauchi had schizophrenia.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said to the press, “At this stage, we don’t know a motive. What we do understand, so far, is that there’s no ideological motivation. 

“We do understand that there is a history of mental health but it will be the ongoing work of the investigators to determine what his activities were yesterday and the days before.”

Commissioner Webb was also asked by a reporter:

“Many people have looked at the video footage that has come out over the past day and are wondering, do you believe this man was targeting women?”

To which she replied, “That’s been reported to me as well. And obviously that will be an obvious line of inquiry – and that’s concerning, but that will form part of the investigation.”

If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, help is always available. Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website.

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