After being shot and stabbed by an attacker, Labour MP Jo Cox has died from her injuries while receiving treatment at Leeds General Infirmary. She was shot outside Birstall Library earlier this afternoon, as The Daily Voice previously reported.
Metro reports that the 52-year-old arrested by West Yorkshire Police was a local man named Tommy Muir. He had reportedly shouted “Britain First” before the shooting. Some weapons have been collected, and the police say that they are not looking for anyone else involved in the incident. Witnesses said that the attacker walked away calmly after the incident.
Jo had been left in a critical condition after being shot numerous times, reportedly stabbed, kicked, and dragged by her hair. The reason for the shooting has not been shared, and some witnesses say that she had stepped in to stop an altercation from taking place. Others believe she was the target, due to her position in the EU referendum. She stands on the Remain side. Both In and Out campaigns have been stopped for the day out of respect.
A man was also shot during the altercation, and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary. His status and identity are unknown at this time.
Cox leaves behind a husband and two children. The 41-year-old also leaves her constituency of Batley and Spen, after winning the seat in 2015. Britain First has said that it was not involved in the incident.
A vigil will be held from 8pm at St. Peter’s Church, Birstall, with all welcome to attend. A time of prayer will be opened to all at St. John’s Church, Cleckheaton from 9am tomorrow.
Her husband Brendan Cox is urging people to “fight against the hatred that killed her.” He says she would want that, along with their children being bathed in light.
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