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This British lawmaker and mother was murdered on the street


Jo Cox

Jo Cox. (Wikimedia Commons)

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.

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.

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.

What happened?

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."

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.

What is Britain First?

Britain First is a far-right party that favors leaving the EU. Oh, and they just threatened the new London Mayor Sadiq Khan with "direct action" because he's a Muslim, saying:

"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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This British lawmaker and mother was murdered on the street

Dana Brown

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.

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