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Hero London Bridge terror attack victim lived for an hour after being stabbed, inquest hears

Two Cambridge graduates killed in the London Bridge terror attack on Friday both died from a stab wound to the chest, shock and hemorrhage, the Old Bailey has heard.

Saskia Jones, 23, from Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, and Jack Merritt, 25, from Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, were both knifed to death inside Fishmongers’ Hall, near London Bridge, by convicted terrorist Usman Khan on Friday.

Mr Merritt was stabbed just before 2pm. He battled to stay alive as paramedics administered first aid, the inquest into his death heard. 

He died at 3.14pm.

Miss Jones, a volunteer at the Learning Together event organised by Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology, was pronounced dead at 2.25pm inside the hall.

Mr Merritt, a course coordinator at the event, was stretchered out of the building by police officers and treated at the “King William Street junction”.

City of London senior coroner Alison Hewitt opened the inquests into their deaths at the Old Bailey this afternoon, and adjourned them to a date yet to be fixed.

Metropolitan Police detective Desmond Hugh, who is a senior police investigator and identification manager, told the inquest: “Saskia graduated from the University of Cambridge in the summer of 2018 with a Masters degree in criminology.

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