Jo Cox Shot, Stabbed and Kicked by Her Attacker
British politician Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, died after a man shot and stabbed her in her northern England constituency.
The prominent politician was attacked outside her constituency surgery at Birstall Library in West Yorkshire.
The murder was described as horrific for Mrs. Cox was not only shot once but twice, and also stabbed by the assailant.
Witnesses say they heard the attacker shout “put Britain first” at least twice before he attacked Mrs. Cox.
The UK lawmaker suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday by a doctor with paramedics at the scene.
Following the attack, a man was arrested nearby. It was said the man had mental issues.
Mrs Cox, 41, is the first sitting MP to be killed since 1990. Mrs. Cox was a lawmaker from the U.K.’s main opposition Labour Party
Tributes Flood in
Mrs. Cox was a committed politician. Her colleague, friends, and family are mourning for her untimely death.
Following the incident, tributes flooded in from politicians including David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and US Secretary of State John Kerry.
US Secretary of State Mr Kerry said: “It is an assault on everybody who cares about and has faith in democracy.”
David Cameron also tweeted to express his condolences.
Still devastated by the sudden death of Mrs Cox, her husband Brendan tweeted a picture of his wife standing by the side of the River Thames in London.
Mr. Cox said he wants people “to unite to fight against the hatred that killed her.”
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen will write privately to Mr Cox.
A vigil was organized to pay tribute to Mrs. Cox. Hundreds of Mrs Cox’s friends and colleagues gathered for a vigil at St Peter’s Church in Birstall.
The vigil was solemn as a candle with a small flame was lit in memory of Jo Cox. People packed into the church for the emotional service. People of all faiths have their heads bowed. Unbearable sadness and shock still overwhelmed the people and Mrs. Cox’s friends at the vigil.