Ignacio Echeverría

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Ignacio Echeverría Miralles de Imperial
Born(1978-05-15)15 May 1978
Died3 June 2017(2017-06-03) (aged 39)
London, UK
NationalitySpanish
Alma materComplutense University
OccupationBanker
AwardsGrand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit (Spain)
Grand Cross of the Order for Civil Recognition of the Victims of Terrorism (Spain)
Silver Medal of the Police Order of Merit (Spain)
Gold Medal of the Community of Madrid (Spain)

George Medal (UK)

Ignacio Echeverría Miralles de Imperial GM (25 May 1978 – 3 June 2017), known as the Skateboard Hero, was a Spanish lawyer and banker known for fighting off one of the terrorists in the 2017 London Bridge attack, being killed by other terrorists.

Biography[edit]

Ignacio Echeverria, called Abo, was the third of five children. He was the son of Joaquín Echeverria Alonso,[1] an Asturian engineer, and Ana Miralles de Imperial Hornedo,[2] a lawyer. Even though he born in the Hospital General of Ferrol, La Coruña (Spain),[3] he was entered in the Civil Register of As Pontes de García Rodríguez, a town situated in the northwest of the province. He lived there until the age of 9 and all its documents listed as born in As Pontes de García Rodríguez, where his father worked in a lignite mine of Endesa. Later the family moved to Las Rozas de Madrid. Ignacio grew up in a Catholic home, being Ignacio and his siblings great-nephews of Antonio Hornedo SJ, Bishop and missionary in Peru. He was also a member of a local group of Catholic Action of Las Rozas. He was fluent in English, French and German; graduated in law from two universities, the Complutense University and the Sorbonne.[4][5] An altruistic and religious person, he was also very fond of skateboarding, as well as surfing, golf and squash.[6] His ability to complete a triple backflip earned him the nickname “the spin doctor” amongst his peers.

After working in several banks and being unemployed, he decided to move to London, where he secured a position as a money laundering prevention analyst with HSBC.[7][3]

Attack and burial[edit]

Around 11pm the night of Saturday 3 June 2017,[5] Ignacio, carrying his skateboard on his back, was cycling with friends in the Whitechapel district of London. Near Borough Market, they saw a man delivering what they initially believed to be punches (which were later revealed to be stabs) to a police officer lying on the ground. Seeing that the man left the body of the officer and began to assault a woman (a French citizen that survived the incident due to Ignacio’s actions) Ignacio used his skateboard to strike the attacker, diverting his attention long enough that several people were moved to safety. He subsequently attacked a second terrorist who was also attacking a police officer. He was then stabbed twice in the back by two jihadists, causing his death.[8][9]

After the attack several of their relatives wrote messages on social networks asking for help to locate his body.[10] His sister received a call from Ignacio’s friends to explain that he had confronted the terrorist and that he had been struck by one of them. His sister and niece toured London hospitals looking for him but did not receive any information, waiting 72 hours without a response from the British Police Forces. However, the Spanish Consul, who was alerted by Ignacio’s friends, contacted Ignacio’s sister, Isabel, who lives in London, to offer his help. The Spanish Consulate and the Spanish Embassy provided help and support to his sister and family during the search process.[11] The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Spain, Alfonso Dastis, expressed his "bewilderment" at the disappearance of Echeverria.[12] His father reported that HSBC employed a former police private investigator to help find him.[13]

On Wednesday 7th June, British authorities confirmed to his family that Echeverria had been among the eight victims of the attack.[14] The family identified him the next day and began the process of repatriation.[15] On 10th June his body was transferred to Spain by military airplane and was received with honors by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and María Dolores de Cospedal, Minister of Defense, at Torrejón Air Base (Madrid). The body lay repose in the cemetery of Las Rozas de Madrid, with the Order of Civil Merit Grand Cross that he was posthumously awarded being placed on the coffin.[16][17] On Sunday 11 June, a funeral mass ceremony was held in Corpus Christi Parish of Las Rozas by Archbishop of Madrid Carlos Osoro Sierra, who had previously officiated a mass to mark the arrival of the coffin in Spain as well as attending the burial.[18][19]

Reactions[edit]

The Town Council of Las Rozas de Madrid, where the Echeverría family lived, declared a two-day official mourning period and a concentration in memory of Ignacio which was attended by more than 1,000 people, as well as naming the skate park where Echeverría used to practice after him.[8] The Town Council of As Pontes de García Rodríguez convened a demonstration of mourning.[9] The news of his death and the circumstances surrounding it saw significant coverage in both national and international press, with media dubbing him the Skateboard Hero.[20]

The Bar Association of Madrid expressed dismay for the murder of a former member and announcing its intention to participate in all tributes in his memory.[21] Spanish singer Joaquín Sabina dedicated a song to him in a concert that was held after the attack in Ubeda (province of Jaén) as well as mentioning him at a concert in London.[22] The Spanish Royal Federation of Skating awarded him its order of merit and medal.[23] Senior members of the Catholic Church in Spain also praised his example and asked for members to pray for him, including Cardinal-Archbishop of Madrid, who conducted his funeral,[19] the Bishop of Ferrol, his hometown, and Luis Angel of the Heras CMF.[24]

On 14th June, the Workers' Commissions Trade Union representatives in Endesa issued a statement lamented the murder of Echeverría and expressing their solidarity with his father, a retired worker of the company.[1] The City Council of Alicante agreed to give his name to the San Juan Beach skate park. Spanish boxer Kerman Lejarraga dedicated his victory in New York to Ignacio Echeverría. He said "this victory especially dedicated to Ignacio Echeverría, who died being a hero".[25]

During the Spanish state visit to the United Kingdom in July 2017, Felipe VI mentioned his act of heroism at the reception in the Spanish Embassy[26] as well as in his speeches to both houses of Parliament and at the state banquet in the presence of the Queen.[27] A tribute was held in Comillas (Cantabria), a township where Ignacio Echeverria spent the summer with his family, on 10th August 2017. Dozens of people attended and a sports area with a skate park was dedicated to him. [28] During the military parade of the national day of Spain on 12th October 2017, devoted for the first time to victims of terrorism, Ignacio Echeverría received a tribute along with the victims of the Barcelona attacks. His mother accompanied King Felipe during the floral offering with the ambassadors of the countries that had suffered casualties in these attacks and presidents of the Association of Victims of Terrorism and the Foundation of Victims of Terrorism.[29]

On 11th October 2018, the parents of Ignacio alongside Constable Charles Guenigault and Constable Wayne Marques, other heroes of London Bridge attack, received the George Medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. Constable Leon McLeod was awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal at the same investiture ceremony.[30] [31] These four appointments were approved on 19th July 2018 for "confronting armed terrorists to protect others at London Bridge".[32]

Honours[edit]

Spanish orders and medals[edit]

Foreign[edit]

Other distinctions[edit]

  • The Order of Merit and Medal, Spanish Royal Federation of Skating (9 June 2017)[23]
  • Gold Medal of Dignity and Justice Association, Madrid (21 June 2017)[39]
  • Gold Medal of Honour of the Chamber of Commerce of Madrid (19 July 2017)[40]
  • The Collective of Victims of Terrorism - COVITE International Award, San Sebastián (28 October 2017)[41]
  • The IMF International Business School Award for a Better World, Madrid (02 June 2018)[42]
  • The Police Public Bravery Awards, United Kingdom (30 October 2018)[43]
  • Honorific eponyms:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  40. ^ "La Cámara de Comercio de Madrid concede la Medalla de Honor a Ignacio Echeverría" [The Chamber of Commerce of Madrid awarded the Medal of Honor to Ignacio Echeverría] (PDF) (in Spanish). Cámara de Comercio de Madrid. 20 July 2017. Archived from the original on 2018-09-02. Retrieved 1 September 2018.
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