Jack Merritt: Suffolk tributes to London Bridge terror attack victim

Clay Curtis
December 1, 2019

"R.I.P Jack: you were a handsome spirit who always took the side of the underdog".

Mr Merritt, who had attended Hills Road Sixth Form in Cambridge, graduated in law from the University of Manchester and then studied at Cambridge.

"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 wrote on Saturday, in a since-deleted tweet.

"R.I.P Jack: you were a lovely spirit who always took the side of the underdog", his father David Merritt wrote on Twitter.

Merritt, 25, has not been officially named by police but his father has posted a tribute to him on social media confirming his death in the attack.

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Rapper Dave said Mr Merritt was "the best guy" and his news of his death was "one of the most painful things".

On Saturday it was announced Jack Merritt, 25, was the other person killed in the attack.

Serena Wright, a lecturer in criminology at Royal Holloway University, said: "David, I knew your son through Learning Together and I loved him to pieces - he was the sweetest, most caring and selfless individual I've ever met".

"I am sad beyond words to report that a course co-ordinator, Jack Merritt, was killed, as was a former student not yet named by the Metropolitan Police", said Mr Toope.

Emilee Hopper, who said she had been friends with Merritt at school, said he was "one of the kindest people I've come across and a handsome soul".

"He was an exceptional young man, and I'm only finding out the half of it now he's gone".

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Learning Together was hosting the conference at Fishmongers' Hall attended by Khan.

He reportedly threatened to blow up the venue before attacking Mr Merritt.

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

The attacker, named by police as 28-year-old Usman Khan, was out of prison at the time of the attack.

Police believe Khan acted alone.

Mr Basu said officers had been working "flat out" to try to establish the "full circumstances" of the stabbing.

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He attacked those near him with the knives, killing two and injuring three more.

Armed police officers on the north side of London Bridge.

A further three people were injured in the melee, one of whom has now been released from hospital according to the NHS.

Police carried out searches at two addresses in Stafford and Stoke-on-Trent as part of the investigation.

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