Families pay tribute to victims of London Bridge terror attack

Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones lost their lives

Monday, December 2, 2019

The family of the one of those killed in Friday’s London Bridge terror attack has described him as a “beautiful, talented boy”.

Former Cambridge University student Jack Merritt, 25, was fatally stabbed at a prisoner rehabilitation conference by 28-year-old Usman Khan at around 2pm.

Mr Merritt’s family said he died “doing what he loved, surrounded by people he loved and who loved him”.

“Jack lived his principles; he believed in redemption and rehabilitation, not revenge, and he always took the side of the underdog.

"Jack was an intelligent, thoughtful and empathetic person who was looking forward to building a future with his girlfriend, Leanne, and making a career helping people in the criminal justice system.

“We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary.”

Mr Merritt was killed alongside fellow Cambridge graduate, friend and colleague, 23-year-old Saskia Jones.

Miss Jones’ family said she was “a funny, kind, positive influence” who had a “great passion” for supporting victims of criminal injustice.

“She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people.

“She was intent on living life to the full and had a wonderful thirst for knowledge, enabling her to be the best she could be.”

Khan, a convicted terrorist who had been released from prison on license in December 2018, was shot dead by police shortly after the attack.

A vigil will be held in the city today to honour the victims, the emergency services and the members of the public who responded to the incident.

One of the three further people injured in the incident has now been able to return home. Two people remain in a stable condition and continue to receive treatment in hospital.

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