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Second Victim Of London Bridge Terror Attack Named

Second Victim Of London Bridge Terror Attack Named

The second victim of the London Bridge terror attack has been named, and she was a graduate of the University of Cambridge.

Saskia Jones, 23 from Stratford-upon-Avon was killed on Friday, when 28-year-old Usman Khan fatally stabbed two people and injured three more.

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Saskia Jones, pictured right, was the second victim of the London Bridge terrorist attack to be named. Credit: Met Police
Saskia Jones, pictured right, was the second victim of the London Bridge terrorist attack to be named. Credit: Met Police

Ms Jones' family released a statement via the Metropolitan Police, which reads: "Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people's lives. 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.

"Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment programme, wishing to specialise in victim support.

"This is an extremely painful time for the family. Saskia will leave a huge void in our lives and we would request that our privacy is fully respected."

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Jack Merritt, 25 was named as the first victim yesterday - both were graduates of the University of Cambridge and were involved in the Learning Together programme.

Jack Merritt, 25, was running a course attended by the terrorist. Credit: Twitter
Jack Merritt, 25, was running a course attended by the terrorist. Credit: Twitter

Mr Merritt was a course coordinator for the prisoner rehabilitation programme that the terrorist attended, along with other convicts, while Saskia was a volunteer.

Family liaison officers are supporting their families.

The Learning Together course helped students based at the University of Cambridge and those based in prison to study together on university courses, with the aim of making society more inclusive and to reduce re-offending.

Mr Merritt's father David wrote on Twitter: "My son, Jack, who was killed in this attack, would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily. R.I.P. Jack: you were a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog."

Police were called to reports of a stabbing on Friday afternoon. They confirmed that the suspect was shot dead at the scene and that several people were also injured, as well as the two fatalities. They are now searching properties in Staffordshire, where the terrorist was said to be living.

ISIS yesterday claimed responsibility for the London Bridge terror attack on Friday (29 November), in which two members of the public were killed and three were injured.

The terrorist group said that Usman Khan, 28, committed the attack on their behalf, although no evidence was offered up.

The statement was put out by the group's press agency, and read: "The person who carried out the London attack... was a fighter from the Islamic State, and did so in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries."

Topics: uk news

Amelia Ward

Amelia is a journalist at LADbible. After studying journalism at Liverpool John Moores and Salford Uni (don't ask), she went into the world of music. Quickly realising that you can't pay your bills with guestlist, she went back to her roots. In her spare time, Amelia likes music, Liverpool FC, and spending good, quality time with her cat, Paul. You can contact Amelia at [email protected]

 

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