Jo Cox is mourned by politicians from all sides after being attacked close to where she regularly met local people

By Simon Perry
Updated June 16, 2016 01:35 PM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); A British lawmaker has died after being shot and stabbed in an attack near where she regularly meets constituents.

Jo Cox, 41, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen and a married mother of two, was found bleeding in the street at about 1 p.m., local time, close to where she held twice-weekly meetings with voters in Birstall, a city near Leeds about 200 miles north of London.

West Yorkshire police said Cox died less than an hour later.

Expressing deepest sympathies to her family, Temporary Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Dee Collins said in a statement, “Jo was attacked by a man, who inflicted serious and sadly, ultimately fatal injuries. Subsequently there was a further attack on a 77-year-old man, nearby who has sustained injuries that are non life threatening.”

The statement continued, “Shortly afterwards, a man was arrested nearby by uniform police officers. Weapons including a firearm have also been recovered.”

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Cox was pronounced dead by a doctor working with the responding paramedic crew at approximately 1:48 p.m.

Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, of which Cox was a member, called her a “much loved colleague.”

British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a statement, “The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy. She was a committed and caring MP.”

Only yesterday, Cox had been campaigning for Britain to remain in the European Union; a referendum vote takes place next week. Her husband Brendan tweeted pictures of her and her family joining a flag-waving flotilla on the River Thames.

Brendan issued a statement in the wake of his wife’s death, saying, “Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love,” according to the Telegraph.

“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.

“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.

“She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”

He concluded, “Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.”