Jack Merritt Biography
Jack Merritt is identified as the first victim of the London Bridge attack by his father. He worked for a programme aimed at improving prisoner rehabilitation.
Jack Merritt Age
He was 25 years old.
Jack Merritt Education and Career
Mr Merritt was a course coordinator for Learning Together, a prisoners’ rehabilitation programme that was hosting the conference at Fishmongers’ Hall at the north end of London Bridge.
Jack Merritt Death in London Bridge Attack
Merritt’s death was confirmed by his father, David, who described him as a “champion for underdogs everywhere”. Jack Merritt’s Father David Merritt posted on Twitter on Saturday: “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.”
His words came as Boris Johnson said the system of automatic release from prison was flawed.
Merritt said: “Cambridge has lost a proud son and a champion for underdogs everywhere, but especially those dealt a losing hand by life, who ended up in the prison system.”
He described his son as a “beautiful spirit” and said the Cambridge community was in shock.
Jack Merritt’s Twitter feed reveals that he took a close interest in promoting social justice issues. In response to his father’s comments, people who knew him shared their thoughts on social media with one individual paying tribute to his “magnificent dignity and generosity”.
Jack Merritt Victims
Two people were killed and three were injured when 28-year-old Usman Khan launched a knife attack. Khan was arrested in December 2010 and released on licence in December 2018, wearing an electronic tag.
Jack Merritt Tributes
Audrey Ludwig, who knew Mr Merritt through work, said his “deep commitment to prisoner education and rehabilitation was deeply impressive”.
I knew Jack although only over last 12 months as we discussed possible collaboration. I visited one of his prison projects and his deep commitment to prisoner education and rehabilitation was deeply impressive. I send condolences to his family, colleagues and the prisoners group https://t.co/N2UAwk7lhU
— Audrey Ludwig (@SuffolkLCAudrey) November 30, 2019
“I send condolences to his family, colleagues and the prisoners’ group,” she added.
Jack was incredibly witty and intelligent, with more lust for life than many our age and a determination to make his mark in the world. I can’t believe he’s been taken from his family this way and I will always always remember how he lived and not how he died. I’m so sorry jack. pic.twitter.com/EsgwNK4gZH
— Jnnfr Brwn (@Jnnfr_Brwn) November 30, 2019
Another friend said Mr Merrit was “incredibly witty and intelligent, with more lust for life than many our age and a determination to make his mark in the world”.