London Bridge victim Saskia Jones a 'brilliant, caring daughter'

media captionLondon Bridge: 'Khan got second chance and Saskia didn't'

A woman who was stabbed to death in the London Bridge attack was a "brilliant, caring daughter", her family have said.

Saskia Jones, 23, from Stratford-upon-Avon, and Jack Merritt, 25, were killed by Usman Khan as they attended a prisoner rehabilitation event in the City on 29 November.

In a statement, Ms Jones's family said the "huge number of messages of support" they have received showed how she had "touched so many lives".

Khan, 28, was shot dead by police.

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image captionSaskia Jones was applying to become a police officer

Ms Jones's family said they had been left "devastated" by her death, describing her as "a brilliant, caring daughter, grand-daughter, niece, cousin, friend and colleague".

They told well-wishers that they were "very grateful for the huge number of messages of support" from family, friends and strangers since the attack.

"Their thoughts are very much appreciated," they added.

"It has been made very clear that Saskia is held in the highest esteem by many people and that she had touched so many lives in a short time."

Ms Jones, a Cambridge University graduate from Stratford-upon-Avon, had applied to be a police officer before she was killed.

A memorial service "to celebrate Saskia's life" will be held in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday, 20 December, the statement added.

A donations page has been set up by the family to raise money for Ms Jones's "favourite charity", the Warwickshire Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Rescuers from the charity air-lifted Ms Jones after she was injured in a crash when she was aged six, a message on the page said.

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