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Spain honors London victim with highest civil merit award

Associated Press logo Associated Press 9/06/2017
Friends of Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria embrace each other at the end of a vigil in his memory in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Echevarria was killed during the Saturday's attack at London Bridge, England. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) © The Associated Press Friends of Spaniard Ignacio Echeverria embrace each other at the end of a vigil in his memory in Las Rozas, outside Madrid, Thursday, June 8, 2017. Echevarria was killed during the Saturday's attack at London Bridge, England. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

MADRID — Spain's government has bestowed its highest honor for civilians on Ignacio Echeverria, the Spaniard who died after confronting assailants during the deadly attacks last Saturday on and near London Bridge.

Witnesses described seeing the 39-year-old bank employee using a skateboard against attackers before he fell to the ground. An autopsy was scheduled for Friday in London.

In a weekly Cabinet meeting headed by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, ministers approved granting Echeverria the Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit.

Culture and Education minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo said Echeverria was "a good man, an exemplary citizen who showed heroic behavior by trying to save a young woman on that tragic night."

Seven more people died as a result of the June 3rd attack.

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