Jo Cox Dead: Police told TheReporterTimes that an MP died in a shooting and stabbing attack within her constituency. She is confirmed to be Jo Cox, an MP from the Labour party for the Batley and Spen constituency. (watch: Germany vs Poland.)
Cox was attacked and left bleeding on the ground in West Yorkshire. Following the assault, a 52-year-old has been arrested. One witness told the TRT that he shouted “put Britain first” before the attack. As the news spread, tribute starting flooding in.
Politicians like David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, and US Secretary of State John Kerry gave their tributes. Her husband Brendan said that she wanted to unite people and fight for the hatred that every day kills many.
After the attack, Vote Leave and Remain suspended the campaign in the EU referendum. Now, Cox has become the first sitting MP to have been killed since 1990. Ian Gow was the last MP to be killed. The man who was arrested has been found to be named as Tommy Mair.
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Labour leader Mr Corbyn said the country would be “in shock at the horrific murder”, describing the MP as a “much loved colleague”.
He added: “Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve.
“In the coming days, there will be questions to answer about how and why she died.
“But for now all our thoughts are with Jo’s husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for.”
Another witness Cafe owner Clarke Rothwell said that he heard a “loud popping noise that sounded like a balloon burst – a loud balloon.”
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“When I looked round there’s a man stood there in his 50s with a white baseball cap on and a jacket with a gun, an old fashioned looking gun in his hand,” he said.
“He shot this lady once and then he shot her again, he fell to the floor, leant over shot her once more in the face area.
“Somebody tried to grab him, wrestling with him and then he wielded a knife, like a hunting knife, just started lunging at her with a knife half a dozen times. People were screaming and running from the area”.
Another eyewitness Hithem Ben Abdallah said that Cox was left bleeding and lying on the pavement. He, further, stated that he was in a cafe next door. He went out to see after people starting screaming.
After a fight, the man stepped back, and MP got involved. Abdallah told that the weapon appeared to be handmade and the another man who was trying to stop the murderer, kept fighting him even after seeing the gun.
He said: “The man stepped back with the gun and fired it and then he fired a second shot, as he was firing he was looking down at the ground.”
“He was kicking her as she was lying on the floor”, he said.
Kerry referred this incident as the murder of democracy and an assault on everybody who cares about and have faith in it.
JoCox was born in Batley and got elected in 2015. She got her education from Heckmondwike Grammar School and did graduation from Cambridge University in 1995.
She had been a former head of policy for Oxfam and also had worked as an adviser to Sarah Brown and Baroness Kinnock.
Mark Goldring, Oxfam’s chief executive, said: ” Oxfam is deeply shocked to hear the news. Our thoughts and sympathies are with Jo and her family at this difficult time.”
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