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The flag of the United Kingdom is flying at half mast outside the Houses of Parliament in London.
This time, MPs are mourning one of their own – Jo Cox, the 41-year- old Labour member for Batley and Spen in the county of West Yorkshire.
A husband’s moving tribute
On the day his wife lost her life in a shooting and stabbing attack, her husband has released a heart-rending statement to the press.
In it, Brendan Cox says “Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”
Jo Cox, a rising star in British politics https://t.co/TE48Z5aseG— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 16, 2016
Jo Cox believed the UK should stay in the EU.
The shock of her death has brought the country’s fierce and divisive referendum campaign to a shocked standstill.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister David Cameron were among the first to pay tribute.
Labour Party leader and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn – “Jo Cox died doing her public duty”
The whole of the Labour family, and indeed the whole country, is in shock and grief at the horrific murder of Jo Cox pic.twitter.com/obic5pOCS3— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) June 16, 2016
Prime Minister David Cameron – “It is right that we have suspended campaigning activity”
“We have lost a great star. She was an MP, a great campaigning MP with huge compassion, with a big heart. And people are going to be very very sad at what has happened. Dreadful news. It is right that we have suspended campaigning activity in this referendum, and everyone’s thoughts will be with Jo’s family and with her constituents at this terrible time.”
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron – “This is a devastating attack on our peaceful society.”
I am utterly heartbroken at the news of the death of Jo Cox. This is a devastating attack on our peaceful society. https://t.co/2942TfP8dk— Tim Farron (@timfarron) June 16, 2016
Boris Johnson, MP, Leave campaigner – “Sad and shocked”
Sad & shocked to hear of Jo Cox's death. Appalling a MP should lose her life simply doing her best for constituents. Thoughts w/ Jo's family— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 16, 2016
Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, MEP, leave campaigner – “Sincerest condolences to her family”
Deeply saddened to hear that Jo Cox has died. Sincerest condolences to her family.— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 16, 2016
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament – “Deeply saddened”
Deeply saddened by attack on MP
Jo_Cox1</a>. My thoughts go to her family, friends and staff</p>— EP President (EP_President) June 16, 2016
EU High representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini – “All my thoughts are with the family and friends of Jo Cox”
All my thougths with the family and friends of #JoCox, with
UKLabour</a> and with all people of UK</p>— Federica Mogherini (FedericaMog) June 16, 2016
Ex-UK PM Gordon Brown and his wife, Sarah – “Our memories will be forever scarred by this moment.”
'Our memories will be forever scarred by this moment' – Gordon and Sarah Brown pay tribute to Jo Cox. Read in full https://t.co/dYIRzfTp3a— Gordon & Sarah Brown (@OfficeGSBrown) June 16, 2016
Oxfam – “Everyone is devastated at the loss of our much-loved and admired former colleague, Jo Cox MP”
All— Oxfam (@oxfamgb) June 16, 2016
oxfamgb</a> are devastated at the loss of our much loved and admired former <a href="https://twitter.com/Oxfam">Oxfam colleague Jo Cox MP. Deep condolences to Jo's family
Church packed for vigil
Dozens of friends and family gathered for a vigil at a church in Jo Cox’s West Yorkshire constituency.
The church will open its doors again on Friday to accommodate the number of people who want to pay their respects.
Hundreds attend the vigil at St Peter's Church in Birstall for Jo Cox MP pic.twitter.com/Ruyje7cvaI— Sarah Goldthorpe (@SarahGoldt) June 16, 2016