1978 - 2017
Ignacio Echeverría, the 39-year-old Spaniard who had been hailed as a hero for using his skateboard to take on the London Bridge attackers, was among those killed in the atrocity.
Echeverría, who was from Madrid but lived in London and worked for the HSBC bank, is thought to have been skateboarding in a park with friends when he stopped to defend a woman who had been injured in the attack near Borough Market.
In a post on Facebook, his sister Isabel wrote: “My brother Ignacio tried to stop the terrorists and lost his own life trying to save others. [Ignacio] we love you and we will never forget you.”
Another sister, Ana, posted: “Ignacio didn’t survive the moment of the attack. Thank you to all those who love and cared about him. We know we are not the only ones saddened.” She said the family had not yet been able to see his body, but were hoping to do so on Friday.
The family thanked the Spanish government for its support and said they had been deeply touched by the response of the people of London and that of many strangers.
In a statement, the Spanish foreign ministry said it had received confirmation of Echeverría’s death with “great sadness and dismay”. It added: “The government wishes to tell his family and friends that they are not alone in their pain and that Spain is with them, sharing their sense of desolation and standing by them at this terrible time.
“Ignacio Echeverría’s behaviour during the attacks was exemplary and offers us all a model of solidarity. His bravery in defending a defenceless person reminds us of the need to remain united against the scourge of terrorism, against those whose only language is violence and terror. The government firmly believes that democratic unity can overcome many challenges, including the senselessness of terrorism.”
Spain’s prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, said Echeverría’s heroic actions would never be forgotten, adding that he would be honoured posthumously for his bravery.
Pedro Sánchez, the leader of the Spanish Socialist party, offered his condolences, while Pablo Iglesias, the head of the Podemos party, called Echeverría “an example of heroism and solidarity”.