By Lucy Caulkett-
Young 23 year old Saskia Jones was killed by an unthinkably evil terrorist by the name of Usman Khan. A minutes silence was held for both Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones in a service at Guildhall Yard in the City of London.
Ms Jones has been described as a specially driven woman who was going to impact the world positively with the power of her love and intellect. Her untimely death is so troubling and difficult to come to terms with for those members of society who appreciate special people who are driven to change their world.
Ms Jones was undoubtedly one of such women. The lecturer who marked her dissertation at University, Dr Smith, said he cried with pride when he finished marking it. A woman who was destined to change the world, how could a terrorist take her life so cruelly? This woman was a shining armour in the world, dedicated to the advancement of society, and was engaged in her passion when her life was taken.
There was a deeps sense of loss at a vigil at the Guildhall Yard took place today, with another taking place at the Anglia Ruskin University where she graduated.
“Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people’s lives,” the family of Ms Jones said in a statement.
“She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people,” they added.
“She was intent on living life to the full and had a wonderful thirst for knowledge, enabling her to be the best she could be.
“Saskia had a great passion for providing invaluable support to victims of criminal injustice, which led her to the point of recently applying for the police graduate recruitment programme, wishing to specialise in victim support.”
Ms Jones had completed a Masters degree in criminology in 2018.
A statement from Prof Loraine Gelsthorpe, director of the University of Cambridge’s institute of criminology, said: Ms Jones had a “determination to make an enduring and positive impact on society in everything she did”. A statement from
“Saskia’s warm disposition and extraordinary intellectual creativity was combined with a strong belief that people who have committed criminal offences should have opportunities for rehabilitation,” she added.
Olivia Smith, a lecturer in criminology who marked Ms Jones’ dissertation when she was at Anglia Ruskin, described her as “one of a kind” who “would have been a force for good”. Dr Smith said: “I’m so sorry that the world won’t get to see what she could have achieved.
“Saskia’s dissertation was so good that I cried with pride when I marked it.”
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