Girlfriend Pays Tribute To 'Phenomenal' Jack Merritt

    The girlfriend of London Bridge terror attack victim Jack Merritt from Cottenham has described him as a "phenomenal man" who "opened so many doors for those that society turned their backs on".

    Leanne O'Brien paid the tribute in a Facebook post, saying: "My love, you are phenomenal and have opened so many doors for those that society turned their backs on."

    She added: "Together,we will make a difference."

    Mr Merritt and fellow Cambridge University graduate Saskia Jones, 23, were both stabbed to death by convicted terrorist Usman Khan during a prisoner rehabilitation event at Fishmonger's Hall last Friday.

    25-year-old Jack was the course co-ordinator for Learning Together, a prison rehabilitation initiative run by the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology.

    Friends and family gathered to pay tribute to the pair at events in London and Cambridge on Monday, where Ms O'Brien was seen being comforted after breaking down in tears. 

    Her Facebook post came after The Guardian published a memorial article written by Mr Merritt's father.

    David Merritt said his son would have been "livid" at how his death has been used to "perpetuate an agenda of hate", amid criticism of the prime minister for politicising the tragedy.

    Boris Johnson has been condemned for appearing to blame the incident on sentencing laws that allowed Khan to be released halfway through a 16-year jail term for plotting to blow up the London Stock Exchange.

    More from Local News

    Follow Us

    Travel

    • M11, Greater London

      Delays on M11 Southbound before J4 A406 North Circular Road (Woodford). Travel time is 12 minutes.

    • Huntingdon Road - Girton, Cambridgeshire

      Usual congestion on Huntingdon Road inbound from A14 (Girton) to Victoria Road (Cambridge).

    • A603 Gonville Place - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

      A603 Gonville Place busy but moving before Hills Road. Travel time is four minutes.

    Get The App

    Take Star Radio with you wherever you go and listen to us live. Interact with the studio and call, email, text and Tweet us all directly from within the app.

    • Available on the App Store
    • Available on Google Play

    Listener Club

    Sign up now for the latest updates and exclusive competitions on Star!

    Recently Played