A Hackney man described by his family as “caring and loving” is believed to have died during the London Bridge attacks on Saturday night which killed seven people and injured dozens more.
James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, was named yesterday by his sister as she read out a speech in tribute to her brother, after being informed that his bank card was found on one of the seven bodies police had recovered from the attack.
Melissa McMullan described on Sky news how her brother was “caring and loving” and said how “he was always smiling”.
She added: “From his friends who were with him on the night, they want everyone to know what a generous and caring friend he was. Words will never be able to match his essence. There will only ever be one James. Nowhere else will you find such a humour and unique personality and someone who puts friends and family above all else. He was an inspiration. My little boy is going to miss his uncle so much, he was always so excited to see him, he was great with him.”
James McMullan’s friends who were out with him on Saturday night and have stayed close to his family since the attack described him as “the life of the party”.
James was last seen outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub on Borough High Street where he had stepped outside for a cigarette whilst enjoying the champions league final with old school friends, before three attackers charged through Borough Market with 12-inch knives after driving a white van into pedestrians on London Bridge.
His father Simon yesterday told the Evening Standard that he would carry on the work of his “exceptional” son. He said he had recently started a web-based business. The 61-year-old said: “At this point in time the subject is too raw. I’m just going to try to keep the business that he was doing alive.”
Police have now named two of the three men who carried out the attack. They were Pakistani-born Khuram Butt, 27, from Barking who was known to the police and Rachid Redouane, 30, also from Barking, who police have said to be Moroccan/Libyan. The pair and one other were shot down by police within eight minutes of the first emergency call.
Since the attack on Saturday night, faith leaders and representatives of civic community groups in Tower Hamlets have come together under the banner of “One London One Community”. They have come together at the East London Mosque in Whitechapel to condemn the attacks and reach out for unity.
Muhammad Habibur-Rahman the mosque’s chair said: “Londoners were united against “those who try to divide us”. He continued to describe the attackers as “evil terrorists who espoused a twisted narrative and perversion of the religion of Islam.”
Mehri Niknam of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation, which compromises Jews and Muslims, said: “To condemn is only half way. We must also actively confront loudly and clearly.”
Adrian Newman, of the Anglican bishop of Stepney, asked the public to “reject any tendency to scapegoat our Muslim neighbours”.
Sue Williams, Police commander for Tower Hamlets reached out to the Muslim community asking to “tell us who these people are. It is your duty as a citizen to tell us.”
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