'There will only ever be one James': Sister pays tribute to Hackney man killed in London Bridge attack
PUBLISHED: 18:14 05 June 2017 | UPDATED: 18:33 05 June 2017
A 32-year-old man from Hackney was among the seven people killed in Saturday night's attack at London Bridge, his family believe.
Some 48 others were injured when three knifemen ploughed into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed people in Borough Market.
James McMullan was last seen smoking outside the Barrowboy And Banker pub, and his sister said police have told her his bank card was found on a body at the scene of the attack.
Melissa McMullan told Sky News: “While our pain will never diminish, it is important for us all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who wish to destroy us and remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more.
“Words will never be able to match his essence. There will only ever be one James.
“Nowhere else will you find such humour and a unique personality, someone who puts friends and family above all others. He was an inspiration.”
She added police told her they were unable to formally identify him until the Coroner releases a report tomorrow.
Miss McMullan had been desperately trying to track down her “amazing and incredibly talented big brother” since Sunday, when she posted a message on Facebook.
“He isn’t answering any calls or messages and he is not at home,” she said.
“Please share this as much as possible,” she begged. “His family need him home.”
Christine Archibald, 30, from Canada was the first victim to be named, and an as yet unnamed French citizen was also amongst those killed.
Dozens of others were injured, including four police officers including a British Transport Police officer who was stabbed in the head, face and leg after taking on the knifemen armed only with his baton.