Mourners remember London Bridge terror victims

Monday, December 2, 2019

Mourners have come together in London and Cambridge today to pay tribute to the victims of the London Bridge terror attack.

Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, were stabbed to death by 28-year-old Usman Khan when he went on a knife rampage at around 2pm on Friday.

Mr Merritt’s girlfriend Leanne O’Brien broke down in tears as she was supported by family and friends at a vigil in Cambridge, while politicians gathered in London to pay their respects.

Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn joined London Mayor Sadiq Khan in observing a minute’s silence with members of the public at Guildhall Yard in the capital.

Mr Khan called for people to unite following the killings and work for a future "not defined by hatred but defined by hope, unity and love".

A minute's silence was held in London

He said: "We come together this morning as Londoners to remember, to honour and to mourn the innocent lives lost as a result of this horrific terrorist attack on Friday.

"The best way to defeat this hatred is not by turning on one another but by focusing on the values that bind us," he added.

Mr Merritt and Miss Jones, both Cambridge University graduates, had been attending a prisoner rehabilitation conference with their attacker when they were killed.

Usman Khan had been convicted of terrorism charged in 2012 and sentenced to a 16-year jail term. He was released on licence in December last year, having served seven years behind bars.

Friday's incident sparked an urgent government inquiry into the licence conditions of convicted terrorists – West Midlands Police have since arrested a 34-year-old man due to a suspected breach of his conditions.

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