This British lawmaker and mother was murdered on the street
So this is completely horrible in every way: A British Member of Parliament named Jo Cox died today after a man shot, stabbed, and kicked her after a constituents' meeting. Witnesses reported that he shouted "Britain first," the name of a far-right political party, while attacking Cox.
It's right that all campaigning has been stopped after the terrible attack on Jo Cox. I won't go ahead with tonight's rally in Gibraltar.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 16, 2016
Who was Jo Cox?
She represented a portion of Yorkshire in the British Parliament.
Cox was only 41 and was the mother of 2 children, ages 3 and 5.
— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) June 16, 2016
crying reading this press statement from the husband of murdered MP Jo Cox - heartbroken for him & their children !! pic.twitter.com/ONmwnDE2RG
— Matthew Barton (@tbwUltraPowers) June 16, 2016
She was a member of the Labour Party, which is moderately leftist. She's been campaigning against the UK leaving the EU, AKA the Brexit, which Brits are voting on next week.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 16, 2016
a man yelling "Britain First" has gunned down MP Jo Cox, mom of two young children
her first speech to Parliament https://t.co/oVmdIL2v82
— Adam Khan (@Khanoisseur) June 16, 2016
I'm shocked and deeply saddened by the senseless murder of #JoCoxMP. She was a courageous fighter for human rights and peace - a champio…
— Bianca Jagger (@BiancaJagger) June 16, 2016
Jo Cox was a brilliant champion for women & the world’s poorest. I'm deeply saddened to hear of her murder. My thoughts are with her family.
— Melinda Gates (@melindagates) June 16, 2016
Most reports say that the man waited for and attacked her, although there are some accounts of Cox getting "involved in an altercation between two men."
Absolutely devastating news that the wonderful, beautiful & brilliant @Jo_Cox1 has died. All my thoughts are with Brendan & her children
— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) June 16, 2016
The police arrested her alleged attacker, a 52-year-old man. The suspect hasn't been officially identified, but locals say his name is Thomas Mair. Two other people were hurt in the attack, according to the police, and a full investigation is still ongoing.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was herself shot by a constituent in 2011, expressed horror and sympathy.
Absolutely sickened to hear of the assassination of Jo Cox. She was young, courageous, and hardworking. A rising star, mother, and wife.
— Gabrielle Giffords (@GabbyGiffords) June 16, 2016
What is Britain First?
"Britain First now considers all Muslim elected officials as 'occupiers' and will start to oppose their strategy of entryism and take-over of our political system."
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Dana is a freelance writer from Florida, the state that winter forgot. She likes video games, cats, fantasy novels, and complaining about the weather. Follow her on Twitter for intermittent whining about the First Amendment.