Friends and family of Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt, the two people killed in Friday’s London Bridge attack, have attended memorials to honour them in London and Cambridge.
Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, stood alongside each other for a silent vigil in Guildhall Yard in central London on Monday before speeches by Khan and the Bishop of London.
After the minute’s silence, Khan 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 called on Londoners to “draw inspiration from the lives of Jack and Saskia who, from a very early age, chose to dedicate themselves to helping others”.
Merritt, 25, and Jones, 23, were stabbed to death by the convicted terrorist Usman Khan, 28, on Friday. They both had a specialist interest in criminology and had been attending an event for Cambridge University’s Learning Together programme – which focuses on prisoner rehabilitation – when they were attacked.
As Khan spoke, there were sobs in the crowd from friends of the victims. Natasha and Marielle, two of Jones’s schoolfriends, had travelled with a group of others to lay flowers for her. She had attended Bloxham school near Banbury before going on to study criminology at Anglia Ruskin and then Cambridge University. Read more