The Cambridge University Institute of CriminologyStephanie Stacey

Content Note: This article contains detailed discussion of terror-related death and violence.

The identity of one of the victims of Friday’s London Bridge terror attack, which began at an Institute of Criminology-linked conference, was shared earlier today.

Jack Merritt was a course coordinator of the Institute of Criminology’s Learning Together programme. Merritt’s father confirmed his death on Twitter this afternoon. He described his son as a “beautiful spirit”, and a “champion to underdogs everywhere, but especially those dealt a losing hand by life, who ended up in the prison system.”

Two individuals were killed in the attack, and three were hospitalised. The attacker, who was shot and killed by police at the scene, had been in attendance at a Learning Together alumni event that morning, according to the Times.

The Learning Together programme seeks to “bring together people in criminal justice and higher education institutions to study alongside each other in inclusive and transformative learning communities”. Students and academics at higher education institutions across the country, including at Cambridge, work and study alongside prisoners as part of the programme.

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