Service and silence to remember London Bridge terror attack victims
PUBLISHED: 12:18 04 June 2018
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The lives of eight people killed during the London Bridge terror attack have been remembered one year on.
Southwark Cathedral, located close to the scene of the attack, hosted a memorial service on Sunday while a minute’s silence was observed across the country.
It took place a year to the day after Khuram Butt, 27 and Rachid Redouane, 30, both from Barking, and Youssef Zaghba, 22, from Ilford, ploughed their van into pedestrians on the bridge before stabbing revellers in nearby Borough Market.
They were shot and killed by police at the scene.
Their victims included Ignacio Echeverria, 39, a bank worker who lived in Poplar, Canadian Chrissy Archibald, 30, and Australian Kirsty Boden, 28.
Also killed were 32-year-old Hackney resident James McMullan, Australian Sara Zelenak, 21, and French nationals Alexandre Pigeard, 27, Sebastien Belanger, 36, and Xavier Thomas, 45.
Mr Thomas’ body was recovered from the River Thames near Limehouse three days after the attack.
Hundreds of people - including prime minister Theresa May, London mayor Sadiq Khan and Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick - lined the streets near to the bridge to remember the victims.
Mrs May said: “The many stories of courage demonstrated that night will always stay with me - such as Ignacio Echeverria, who died after confronting the terrorists with the only thing he had, his skateboard, and Geoff Ho, who spent almost two weeks in hospital after being stabbed in the neck as he shielded his friends.”
Flowers were placed close to the scene of the attack, with friends and families gathered as the names of the dead were read aloud. Some of those who were hurt in the attack but survived were also present, including Pc Wayne Marques, who was hurt as he fought the terrorists with his baton.
Dean of Southwark Cathedral Andrew Nunn told the congregation of 700: “Love is stronger than hate, light is stronger than darkness and life is stronger than death. It was true a year ago. It is as true today.”
Following the service an olive tree - known as the tree of healing - was planted in the cathedral grounds using compost from flowers left on the bridge last year.