Saturday 16 December 2017

'Our pain will never diminish' - Heartbroken sister of James McMullan reveals he died in London terror attack

James McMullan is pictured here
James McMullan is pictured here
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The heartbroken sister of the second named victim of the London terror attack has paid tribute to him, saying: "Nowhere else will you find such humour and unique personality."

James McMullan (32), from Hackney in East London,  has not been seen since he went outside of the Barrowboy and Banker pub on Borough High Street shortly before the attack on Saturday night, when three extremists drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge, before stabbing several people.

Seven people were killed and at least 21 were critically injured in the attack, James' sister Melissa told Sky News that police believe her brother lost his life.

She said: "This morning we received news from police that my brother’s bank card was found on one of the bodies from Saturday night’s brutal attack but they are unable to formally identify him until the coroner’s report begins tomorrow."

She also spoke fondly about her brother, calling him "generous and caring."

Melissa said: "Nowhere else will you find such humour and unique personality.”

Read More: Pictured: London Bridge terror attack suspect who lived in south Dublin

She has vowed not to let hate win, as she feels that's what the terrorists would want.

Melissa said: "We would like to thank the emergency services who did their utmost to serve and protect the population of London from these deranged and deluded individuals.

“While our pain will never diminish it is important for us to all carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who have tried to destroy us and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more. This is not a cause we will follow despite our loss.”

Christine Archibald, originally from Castlegar, British Columbia, is seen in an undated photo released by her family June 4, 2017 after it was announced that she was killed in the London Bridge area attacks. Courtesy of the Archibald family/Handout via REUTERS
Christine Archibald, originally from Castlegar, British Columbia, is seen in an undated photo released by her family June 4, 2017 after it was announced that she was killed in the London Bridge area attacks. Courtesy of the Archibald family/Handout via REUTERS

The first named victim of the attack was Canadian woman Christine Archibald, who died in her fiancée's arms after being struck by the terrorists' vehicle.

Her family said in a statement: "We grieve the loss of our beautiful, loving daughter and sister. She had room in her heart for everyone and believed strongly that every person was to be valued and respected.

"She lived this belief, working in a shelter for the homeless until she moved to Europe to be with her fiance.

"She would have had no understanding of the callous cruelty that caused her death.

"Please honour her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labour or donate to a homeless shelter. Tell them Chrissy sent you."

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Meanwhile, Scotland Yard named two of the suspects as as Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane.

Independent.ie understands Rachid Redouane lived in Rathmines in south Dublin as recently as the end of 2016.

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said Butt was known to the security services, but there was no evidence of "attack planning".

Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Khuram Shazad Butt who has been named as one of the men shot dead by police following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.
Metropolitan Police undated handout photo of Khuram Shazad Butt who has been named as one of the men shot dead by police following the terrorist attack on London Bridge and Borough Market.

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