World Spain gives London attack 'skateboard hero' a posthumous medal

19:11  09 june  2017
19:11  09 june  2017 Source:   AFP

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A Spanish man hailed as a " skateboard hero " after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants during the London attack has been awarded a posthumous medal , Madrid said Friday.

A Spanish man hailed as a " skateboard hero " after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants during the London attack has been awarded a posthumous medal , Madrid said Friday. Ignacio Echeverria, an HSBC expert in fighting money-laundering who lived in London

Ignacio Echeverria used his skateboard to try to defend a woman from one of the assailants during the London terro attacks on June 3© Provided by AFP Ignacio Echeverria used his skateboard to try to defend a woman from one of the assailants during the London terro attacks on June 3

A Spanish man hailed as a "skateboard hero" after he died trying to defend a woman from one of the assailants in last weekend's London attack has been awarded a posthumous medal, Madrid said Friday.

Ignacio Echeverria, an HSBC expert in fighting money-laundering who lived in London, was one of eight killed in Saturday's attack that saw three men mow down people in a van before going on a stabbing spree in the Borough market area.

The 39-year-old had rushed over to help a woman being assaulted and tried to defend her with a skateboard he had with him, prompting British media to dub him the "skateboard hero."

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Spain's government spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Echeverria had been awarded the Great Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, which recognises "extraordinary services" by Spanish and foreign citizens.

"He was a good man, an exemplary citizen who on this tragic evening had the courage to face the terrorists to try and save the life of a young woman who was being attacked," he told reporters.

Echeverria was listed as missing for close to four days after the attack as British authorities identified the body, leading to an excruciating wait for his family members.

People walk past floral tributes at London Bridge for the victims of the June 3 terror attack© Provided by AFP People walk past floral tributes at London Bridge for the victims of the June 3 terror attack

Spain was highly critical of the sluggish pace of the identification process.

Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis even intervened earlier this week when the family was told they would not be able to see Echeverria's body until Friday at the earliest, even after positive identification.

This prompted British authorities to allow them to be with their son and brother earlier.

His body will be repatriated on Saturday, a foreign ministry spokesman told AFP.

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