Westfield Bondi Junction to be reopened for community reflection day after horrific stabbing rampage kills six


Westfield Bondi Junction will be reopened for a “community reflection day” following the deaths of six people in a horrific stabbing rampage that sent shockwaves through Sydney.

Scentre group chief executive Elliot Rusanow said there would be no retail trade at the centre when the doors reopen on Thursday, instead saying members of the community could pay their respects.

Counselling and services will be on site to provide the necessary help before normal trading hours resume on Friday.

Some stores will choose not to reopen, Mr Rusanow said.

“This has been a very difficult time and i want to acknowledge the hard work and tireless efforts of our Westfield and Scentre Group teams,” he said.

“The centre will be quiet, allow for reflection to occur as members of the community are able to come and pay their respects.”

Mr Rusanow said part of the centre would be allocated for where tributes could be made for the victims, remaining for a considerable amount of time to allow people to continue paying their respects.

Six people – including five women and a male security guard – were killed by Joel Cauchi, 40, as he attacked innocent bystanders at Bondi Junction Westfield in Sydney’s east on Saturday.

The victims include mother Ashlee Good, 38, Dawn Singleton, 25, the daughter of millionaire businessman John Singleton, mother-of-two Jade Young, 47, Pikria Darchia, 55, Chinese national Yixuan Cheng, 27, and security guard Faraz Tahir, 30.

Multiple others – including a baby – were injured by Cauchi before he was shot dead.

More to come.

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