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Minute's silence for former Cambridge University students killed in terror attack

Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones. Credit: Family photo

A minute's silence has been held in Cambridge in honour of two former students who died in the London Bridge terror attack.

Former Cambridge University students Saskia Jones, 23, and Jack Merritt, 25, were killed by 28-year-old convicted terrorist Usman Khan in Friday's attack.

The silence outside the Guildhall in Cambridge took place at the same time as one in London.

Jack's girlfriend was comforted by family members at the vigil in Cambridge Credit: PA

Boris Johnson, Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan all attended to pay tribute to the victims of the attack.

Mr 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."

Political leaders gathered for a vigil in London Credit: ITV Anglia

The second victim of the London Bridge terror attack, Saskia Jones, is from Stratford-upon-Avon.

A graduate at the University of Cambridge, she was a volunteer on the 'Learning Together programme' co-ordinated by Jack Merritt from Cottenham, who was the first victim to be named.

“Jack Merritt, our beautiful, talented boy, died doing what he loved, surrounded by people he loved and who loved him. He lit up our lives and the lives of his many friends and colleagues, and we will miss him terribly.

“Jack lived his principles; he believed in redemption and rehabilitation, not revenge, and he always took the side of the underdog. Jack was an intelligent, thoughtful and empathetic person who was looking forward to building a future with his girlfriend, Leanne, and making a career helping people in the criminal justice system. We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary.

“Our thoughts go out to the relatives and friends of his friend and colleague who died with him in this incident, to the colleagues who were injured, and to his brilliant, supportive colleagues at the University of Cambridge Department of Criminology.”

– Statement from the family of Jack Merritt
23-year old Saskia Jones died in the London terror attack. Credit: Family photo

“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.”

– Statement from the family of Saskia Jones
Saskia Jones is the second victim to be named by police. Credit: Family photo

One of the three other people injured in the London Bridge incident has now been released from hospital.

Two people remain in hospital a stable condition.

Jack Merritt. Credit: Family photo

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