Tributes for the two named victims of last week's horrific London Bridge attack, Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt, which is being treated as a terror-related incident, have started to pour in from their friends, families and colleagues. Both Saskia, 23, and Jack, 25, attended Cambridge University and were in the London Bridge area for a conference called Learning Together, celebrating the work the organisation has done with helping prisoners to access education.
Professor Loraine R Gelsthorpe, described Jack as having an infectious passion for social and criminal justice, as well as an excellent sense of humour. "He [Jack] was deeply, creatively and courageously engaged with the world, advocating for a politics of love. He worked tirelessly in dark places to pull towards the light."
A man and a woman who died following the terrorist attack near to #LondonBridge on Friday, 29 November have been formally identified as Jack Merritt, 25, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire and Saskia Jones, 23, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.https://t.co/mPbMkXAhOy— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) December 1, 2019
Writing on Twitter, one of Jack's close friends, Hollie, echoed Professor Gelsthorpe's sentiments and praised him for "helping others" and always "championing the underdog". She also described her own pain upon hearing the news of her best friend's passing in such a senseless attack.
My darling boy, Jack Merritt. My best friend, Jack Merritt. My heart is hurting and I can barely breathe. pic.twitter.com/qjDjkUXDVG— holl 🌻 (@HollieJ2193) December 1, 2019
Professor Gelsthorpe commented on Saskia's "warm disposition and extraordinary intellectual creativity, combined with a strong belief that people who have committed criminal offences should have opportunities for rehabilitation."
Saskia's family have released a statement through the Met Police, saying she was, "funny, kind [and a] positive influence at the centre of many people's lives." They said her tragic death has left a void in their lives and asked for privacy.
Our thoughts and prayers are with both Jack and Saskia's loved ones during this painful time.
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