London Bridge attack victim’s friends fundraise for huge party in his memory

London Bridge attack victim’s friends fundraise for huge party in his memory

Friends of London Bridge terror attack victim Jack Merritt are fundraising for "one hell of a celebration" in his memory.

The 25-year-old was stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan on November 29.

Cambridge graduate Jack was co-ordinating a conference at Fishmongers' Hall when the attack started.

The GoFundMe appeal has already raised more than £13,000 – with pals saying additional money will go to causes close to his heart.

It says: "We are all devastated by Jack's death but determined to celebrate him.


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"Jack was proud. Jack was absorbingly intelligent. Jack was fiercely loyal.

"Jack loved music, art, eating good food with his family, and having more than one pint with his mates.

"And on that point we, his friends and family, are going to throw one hell of a celebration for him.

"Because my god, did that boy know how to party."


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And the appeal continues: "We are raising money for a celebration of Jack's life. All the things he loved – for his closest friends and family.

"We will keep costs to a minimum. Services will be provided free or discounted where possible.

"All additional money will be donated to Jack's legacy. This is not the end, this is a beginning."

The Cambridge University graduate, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, was co-ordinating a Learning Together conference at Fishmongers' Hall when he was fatally attacked.

Volunteer Saskia Jones, 23, also died in the atrocity.

He believed strongly in rehabilitating offenders and his dad has criticised politicians for using his son's death "to perpetuate an agenda of hate".

His dad David wrote in Tuesday's Guardian: "Unlike many of us, Jack did not just go to work.

"He lived and breathed fire in his pursuit of a better world for all humanity, particularly those most in need."

The dad has said that Jack would be "livid" at the way his death was being politicised.

Khan was convicted in 2012 for being part of a terror cell which planned attacks on targets including the London Stock Exchange.

But he was released in December last year after serving less than half his sentence.

Following last Friday's attack, Mr Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel said there would be a crackdown on early release of convicted terrorists.

Mr Merritt has previously stated his son would not support this, describing the killings as an "isolated incident".

He said Jack “would not wish his death to be used as the pretext for more draconian sentences or for detaining people unnecessarily”.

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