Second London Bridge terror victim was former University of Cambridge student

Josh Salisbury (01 December, 2019) Crime

The University's Vice Chancellor said he was "devastated" to learn that alumni and staff had been involved in the horrific attack

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The second victim killed in Friday’s terror attack at London Bridge was a former student at the University of Cambridge, said the institution’s Vice Chancellor.

Her identity has not yet been released by the authorities.

Jack Merritt, a course coordinator at Learning Together, the rehabilitation programme at which terrorist Usman Khan began his stabbing attack, was yesterday named as the first victim by his father, David.

The grieving father described his 25-year-old son as  “a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog.”

Jack’s father paid tribute to him as a champion of the underdog (Image: Instagram)

“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,” he said.

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In an update this afternoon, Stephen J Toope, the Vice Chancellor at Cambridge, said he was “devastated” to learn that the university’s staff and alumni had been involved in the attack at Fishmonger’s Hall, just off London Bridge.

“I am sad beyond words to report that a course coordinator, Jack Merritt, was killed, as was a former student not yet named by the Metropolitan Police,” he said.

“Among the three people injured, whose identities have not been publicly released, is a member of University staff.

“Our University condemns this abhorrent and senseless act of terror. Our condolences, our thoughts and our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families.

“We will be providing all the support we can to our colleagues, including counselling for staff and students who are affected by the event.

“We are grateful to the Metropolitan Police, to local emergency services, and to those members of the public – including students, staff, alumni and other participants at the event – who selflessly intervened to contain the incident.”

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