The mayor of London says people are still taking inspiration and hope from Jack Merritt and Saskia Jones, two years after they were killed in a terrorist attack.
The couple was murdered by Usman Khan 28 on November 29, 2019 at an event organized by prisoner education scheme Learning Together at Fishmongers Hall.
Event attendees found Khan using a chair, a fire extinguisher and even a narwhal tooth to be caught by convicted murderer Steven Gallant from the walls of Fishmongers Hall.
Mr Gallant was approved to be released from prison earlier this year because of his bravery.
Khan was eventually shot by armed police at nearby London Bridge.
Two years later, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “Today we honor and remember Saskia Jones and Jack Merritt who were tragically killed two years ago in the horrific terrorist attack at Fishmongers Hall.
“Saskia and Jack decided to dedicate themselves to helping others. They were passionate about changing the world for the better, and we continue to draw inspiration and hope from the way they live their lives.
“I would also like to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of our emergency services and the bravery of ordinary Londoners who ran to danger that day to help save the lives of strangers.
“The way our city came together and united after the attack has shown the world once again that those who want to divide us and destroy our way of life in London will never succeed. .
“As mayor, I am determined to continue working with communities, partners and police to combat this threat and do everything possible to keep Londoners safe.”
During the investigation into the deaths of Mr. Merritt, 25, and Miss Jones, 23, earlier this year, Mr. Merritt’s mother said: “Jack Merritt was a good man. Jack was a force for good in the world, which helped him get to know him.” To make other people’s lives better.
“We are very proud of who Jack was and what he stood for. His death was a tragedy but his life was a triumph.”
Henry Pitchers QC for the Jones family said: “She (Miss Jones) should be defined as someone who fought in many areas to improve the lives of others and was inspired to make real change in the world.” to be done.
“Saskia’s positive impact on so many people in challenging circumstances has provided them with hope and a valley of light to find a way forward.”