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Heartbroken sister of British-Filipino London terror victim visits tributes



Melissa McMullan posted this picture of her with her brother with the caption: “This is us. Forever.”

The sister of British-Filipino London terror attack victim James McMullan has visited tributes left to her brother outside the pub where he was stabbed to death.

Melissa McMullan has posted pictures on Facebook showing the growing mound of floral tributes and touching messages left by members of the public outside the Barrowboy and Banker.

Miss McMullan, who spoke movingly to Sky News on Monday, also laid her own family’s tribute to the 32-year-old victim and lit candles in his memory and wrote: “This is us. Forever. Love you eternally. You finally get to lay your head.  Your baby sis, Melissa”.

Miss McMullan visits tributes left to her brother at the spot where he was murdered

She later wrote on her Facebook page: “Last night I went back to London Bridge to be close to my James McMullan. I felt drained and I knew he would give me the strength I needed to continue.

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“It was somehow peaceful with all the mayhem around me. It’s what James loved about London. How vibrant and diverse it was and it excited him to know that no 2 days would ever be the same.

“I lit these candles last night in memory of all 7 angels. If you see them please keep them burning for them for us.

“Thank you to everyone who has been to pay their respects and to the lovely people that approached me last night.

“I read as many of the lovely messages left opposite the Barrowboy and Banker as I could get to.”

The message left by Melissa amongst the growing pile of tributes left by members of the public

On Monday, the family of 32-year-old web entrepreneur James McMullan found he was almost certainly dead after the police notified them his bank card was found on one of the bodies of the victims.

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“He was an inspiration,” his Melissa McMullan said, fighting back tears.

“No words can ever match his essence. There will only ever be one James.

“Nowhere else will you find such humour and unique personality — someone who puts his friends above all else.”

Mr McMullan, who lived in Hackney in East London, was enjoying a night out with friends when he stepped outside the pub to have a cigarette. It was at that moment the terrorists ploughed a van through pedestrians on London Bridge before crashing outside the pub and starting to stab people.

Despite her heartbreak, Miss McMullan, 30, also gave a message of defiance, saying: “While our pain will never diminish it is important for us to all to carry on with our lives in direct opposition to those who would try to destroy us, and to remember that hatred is the refuge of small-minded individuals and will only breed more.

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“This is not a course we will follow, despite our loss.”

Within days, Mr McMullan was due to find himself a millionaire after two years of work on an online business

She also thanked the emergency services for protecting the public from the “deranged and deluded individuals” who took seven lives. Today, an eighth victim has been found in the River Thames.

In a further tragic twist in the death of Mr McMullan, it has been revealed he was just days away from becoming a millionaire after two years of hard work building an online business. She described how her brother had been working “every waking hour” and his night out with friends was the first for months.

Their father, Simon McMullan, 61, vowed to continue work on his “exceptional” son’s e-learning business.

He said: “At this point in time the subject is too raw.

“It will radically change the face of education – I am going to continue his work. I’m just going to try to keep the business that he was doing alive. He was on the verge of signing his first contract, a $1.5 million deal.”

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