30/11/2019 9:25 PM IST

London Bridge: Victim Named As Jack Merritt, Co-Ordinator Of Rehabilitation Conference Where Attack Began

His father confirmed the news, describing his son as "a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog."

Jack Merritt

One of the two victims killed by a terrorist on London Bridge on Friday has been named. 

Jack Merritt, 25, from Cottenham, near Cambridge was the course coordinator for Cambridge University’ Learning Together initiative, and was in attendance at an event run through the programme at Fishmonger’s Hall where the attack began. 

His father David Merritt confirmed the news on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, the Cambridge Independent reported, writing: “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.

“R.I.P. Jack: you were a beautiful spirit who always took the side of the underdog.”

The suspect, Usman Khan, 28, from Staffordshire, was shot dead by police after stabbing a number of people during the attack on Friday afternoon. 

A convicted terrorist, Khan was taking part in the conference alongside other attendees who were part of a rehabilitation conference run by Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology. 

A woman was also killed in Friday’s attack, and three other victims have been left in serious condition in hospital.