British Lawmaker Jo Cox Dies After Being Stabbed, Shot

British Lawmaker Jo Cox in Critical
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LONDON — British lawmaker Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two, has died after she was stabbed and shot Thursday in Birstall, Northern England. Cox was declared dead at the scene by a paramedic.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested. Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder, the BBC reported. A 77-year-old man was also attacked, but only suffered slight injuries.

Cafe owner Clarke Rothwell witnessed the attack. He told the BBC he heard a “loud popping noise that sounded like a balloon burst — a loud balloon.” “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.”

Cox, who represented the Labour Party, was a Member of Parliament for the Batley and Spen constituency. She is understood to have held an advice session for local constituents at the nearby library in Birstall shortly before the attack.

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn commented: “The whole of the Labour party and Labour family — and indeed the whole country — will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today… Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve.”

It is unclear what the motive for the attack was, although the U.K. is in the middle of a heated campaign leading up to a referendum next week on whether to stay part of the European Union, and that has stoked nationalist and xenophobic sentiment. Police are investigating reports that the suspect shouted “Britain first.”

In a statement, the MP’s husband, Brendan Cox, said: “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.”

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  1. Joi Karen says:

    this story is just too sad. i did not know who this woman was when i first heard about what had happened to her and clicked on this page when i saw the headline. they were very thorough in their coverage and i am appreciative. how very sad for her family and especially her young children. i do not care what party affiliation she had, this should never have happened to her. but i REALLY appreciate the clarification (below) from LOL, especially since it shut up non readers and those swayed only by emotion and hatred. thank you again LOL for your calm explanation.

  2. sammy says:

    Europe and especially the UK are being invaded by radical Muslims – how much u wanna bet the subject is a Muslim?

    • Sue says:

      Don’t forget that two weeks ago a white Frenchman was arrested while trying to buy arms in Ukraine to attack the European Football Championships currently taking place in France:
      This escalation of suspicion and accusation happening everywhere can only get worse unless people choose to fight for love, joy & peace instead.

    • LOL says:

      Things are tense in the UK right now, no doubt. The killer, however, is a middle-age white man who is English. He was a charity worker and social activist, not a Muslim in any shape.

      As a Brexiter, I believe that the referendum ought to be cancelled and put back till later. Perhaps it ought to be dropped altogether, indefinitely. As a nation, Britain is losing all senses. It is tragic.

    • Andy Hemingway says:

      Hey Sammy, I’m sorry to burst your ignorant, racist bubble but the killer shouted “Britain First” as he attacked. Britain First is a right-wing hate group for people like you.

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