'He was an inspiration': Sister of London Bridge terror attack victim James McMullan pays heartbreaking tribute

Jonathan Mitchell

The sister of a man who was murdered in the London Bridge terror attack has paid a tearful tribute to her “inspirational” and "unique" brother.

James McMullan, 32, from Hackney, has been named by his family as a victim of the attack, having spent Saturday night drinking with his friends near London Bridge.

He had left the Barrowboy & Banker pub to have a cigarette when three terrorists began mowing down pedestrians before driving to Borough Market and stabbing passersby.

In a heartbeaking interview with Sky News, his sister Melissa said the hard-working Mr McMullum was out celebrating the launch of his online business.

James McMullan has been named as the second victim of the attack (Facebook)

She said: “Nowhere else will you find such humour and unique personality, with someone who puts friends and family above all else.

"He was an inspiration."

She added: "It was also that he could give me and my son and my parents a better life.

“He wasn’t doing it for himself it was just for us. He would work 16/18 hour days seven days a week. He was always exhausted, but he just kept saying I have to do this for my family.

“He was a really good person and he didn’t deserve to die – not alone.”

Ms McMullan told how her brother’s friends had “frantically” searched hospitals in the days following the attack in a desperate search.

He was one of seven people to be killed in the terrorists’ rampage and the second victim to be named.

Ms McMullan said the attack started roughly five minutes after he left the pub.

She added: “He was just loving and caring and no one could ever replace my brother.

“Saturday night was probably one of the first nights in a very long time he actually went out.

“All his friends around me they were with him the night, he was outside having a cigarette – outside the Barrowboy & Banker and he called to say he couldn’t come back in.

“So his friends said they would leave and finish their drinks and come and him.”

Heartbroken: Christine Archibald, the first named victim of Saturday's attack, with fiance Tyler Ferguson

Mr McMullan’s devastated father Simon vowed he would carry on the work of his “exceptional” son, who had recently started a web-based business which was set to "revolutionise education".

The 61-year-old said: “At this point in time the subject is too raw. I'm just going to try to keep the business that he was doing alive."

Three of the victims have so far been named, with Mr McMullan joined by French restaurant worker Alexandre and Canadian bride-to-be Christine Archibald.