IGANCIO ECHEVERRIA, the 39-year-old Spanish lawyer killed in last year’s terror attack in London will be the subject of an exhibit at the Memorial Center for Victims of Terrorism that is set to open in the Basque Country later this year.
Echeverria worked for HSBC and was a keen skateboarder.
On the night of June 3, he was on his way home having been skateboarding with friends when he stumbled across the terror attack at Borough Market.
As he saw the terrorists stabbing a defenceless woman, Echeverria ran to her aid and attempted to fight them off with his skateboard when he was killed.
The memorial will showcase the skateboard he used against the terrorists before he was fatally stabbed.
Echeverria’s parents donated the skateboard to the Foundation of Victims of Terror because “it is a positive thing to spread this example to children and young people, explaining that it is worth being good even if you die because of it,” they told the Foundation of Victims of Terror magazine.
Echeverria was one of eight people who were killed in the terrorist attack. The woman he tried to protect was also among the dead.
He was posthumously awarded Spain’s highest honour for civilians, the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit and thousands of people attended a vigil in Madrid where skateboards were held in the air in his memory.