Victims of the London Bridge attack: ‘Skateboard hero’ Ignacio Echeverria confirmed dead after rushing to save woman during atrocity

A Spaniard who fought off terrorists using a skateboard has been named as the final victim of the London Bridge terror attack.

The family of 39-year-old analyst Ignacio Echeverria confirmed on Wednesday that he was one of eight people killed in Saturday’s atrocity.

The HSBC worker, who lived in Poplar, was on his way home from a skate park when he was caught up in the attack which saw three terrorists mow down pedestrians on London Bridge before launching a knife rampage at Borough Market.

He was last seen lying on a pavement after stopping to confront one of the men as they attacked a woman. 


Confirmed dead:Ignacio Echverría

In an emotional statement posted on Facebook, his sister wrote: “Our heart is with our uncles and aunts and cousins, Guillermo Gonzalez Arnau, Javi and guille and all the friends and family who have lost my brother.”

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also tweeted his condolences to Mr Echverría’s family, describing him as someone “we will always remember for his heroic and exemplary behaviour”.

A statement released by the country’s government condemned the “cruel attacks” and hailed Mr Echverría’s bravery.

A minute’s silence in tribute to the victims of the London attack

It read: “The exemplary attitude shown by Ignacio Echeverría during the attacks is a demonstration of solidarity for all to see. 

“His bravery in defending a helpless person serves as a reminder of the need to remain united before the scourge of terrorism, facing up to those whose only language is one of violence and terror. 


Christine Delcros pictured with her partner Xavier Thomas, who was killed in the attack (Facebook)

“The government believes strongly that unity among democrats can overcome many challenges, including terrorist madness.”

Earlier on Wednesday, it was confirmed that the body of French tourist Xavier Thomas, 45, was found in the Thames on Monday evening.


He had been launched into the river after being struck by the terrorists’ speeding van while walking across the bridge with girlfriend Christine Delcros.

Australian nanny Sara Zelenak, 21, was also confirmed to have died in the attack along.

She was the second Australian to be killed. Kirsty Boden, 28, a nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital, was stabbed to death as she dashed on to the bridge to help the wounded. 

The other confirmed fatalities are Christine Archibald, 30, a Canadian charity worker; James McMullan, 32, a British entrepreneur, French chef Sebastien Balanger, 36 and Alexandre Pigeard, 27, a French waiter.

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