Nicola Smith is comforted by a friend during the silent tribute to the London terror attack victims
Nicola Smith joined thousands of people who faced the rain in London to stop in the street and at their desks to recognise the horrific attack that claimed the lives of seven people.
The 24-year-old sobbed uncontrollably as she looked at flowers left directly opposite where 32-year-old James was killed.
Mr McMullan was last seen smoking a cigarette outside the Barrowboy and Banker pub on London Bridge when the attackers began massacring innocent revellers.
James McMullan was among the seven people killed in Saturday night's terror atrocity
He was a beautiful person inside and out
Ms Smith, who was in a relationship with James for four and a half years, paid tribute to him after the minute's silence.
She told the Mirror: “He was the most loving person. I can’t believe he is gone. I’m going to miss him so much.
“We separated nine months ago but remained best friends. He was a beautiful person inside and out.
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“He was so wise. He was very intelligent and is the last person in the world this should have happened to. I have never met anyone like him.
“He was so kind, he would never even harm a fly. He was incredible. He was the most sensitive man.”
Ms Smith was consoled by a friend during today’s silent tribute.
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Britain fell silent for one minute to remember the victims of the London terror attack
She said: “During the silence I was looking at the pub and was imagining James standing out there having a cigarette.
“That’s all he was doing, having a cigarette, and then this horrible, horrible thing happened.
“The silence was about solidarity, about coming together with love instead of hatred and trying to just help everyone through."
The minute's silence was observed across the UK in offices, factories, schools, hospitals, supermarkets and businesses.