The Metropolitan Police has named the woman who died in the terrorist attack near London Bridge on Friday as Saskia Jones, 23, of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire.
Saskia was killed along with fellow Cambridge University graduate Jack Merritt, 25, when convicted terrorist Usman Khan , who had freed early from jail, went on a knife rampage in central London.
Saskia had recently applied for the police graduate recruitment programme and hoped to specialise in victim support.
In a reflective post on Facebook on October 29, Saskia said: “I hope I never get tired of the night sky, of thunderstorms, of watching cream make galaxies in my coffee. This world is ugly. I hope I never grow to be someone who can no longer see the small beautiful things.”
A statement from her family, issued through police, said: “Saskia was a funny, kind, positive influence at the centre of many people’s lives.
“She had a wonderful sense of mischievous fun and was generous to the point of always wanting to see the best in all people.
“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.
“This is an extremely painful time for the family. Saskia will leave a huge void in our lives and we would request that our privacy is fully respected.”
Police also confirmed that the other victim was Mr Merritt, of Cottenham, Cambridgeshire.
A statement said: “Both were graduates of the University of Cambridge and were involved in the Learning Together programme – Jack as a co-ordinator and Saskia as a volunteer. Family liaison officers are supporting their families.”
Mr Merritt had been at Fishmongers’ Hall during the Learning Together prisoner rehabilitation programme when convicted terrorist Khan launched his deadly attack.
The 25-year-old was a course coordinator at the event which was attended by Khan and other offenders.
Mr Merritt’s family called Jack a “beautiful, talented boy” in a statement released on their behalf on Sunday, saying he died “doing what he loved”.
“He lit up our lives and the lives of his many friends and colleagues, and we will miss him terribly,” the statement said.
But they asked for his death not to be used to justify introducing “even more draconian sentences” on offenders.
It continued: “We know Jack would not want this terrible, isolated incident to be used as a pretext by the government for introducing even more draconian sentences on prisoners, or for detaining people in prison for longer than necessary.”
The medical director for the NHS in London, Dr Vin Diwakar, said on Sunday that one of the three people injured in the attack had been allowed to return home while the other two remain in a stable condition in hospital.
Khan, who was living in Stafford, was given permission to travel into the heart of London by police and the probation service. He had also been allowed to travel to Whitehall earlier in the year.
Armed with two knives and wearing a fake suicide vest, Khan was tackled by members of the public, including ex-offenders from the conference, before he was shot dead by police on London Bridge.