Church leaders react to fatal stabbing of British MP David Amess
Shocked by the death of Conservative British Parliamentarian Sir. David Amess after he was stabbed multiple times at a church Friday, the country's Christian leaders are reacting to what U.K. authorities are calling a terrorist attack.
Police in the district of Essex, northeast of London and where the 69-year-old lawmaker was killed, said a 25-year-old man has been arrested and that the initial investigation suggests Islamist extremism as a possible motive for the attack, The Wall Street Journal reported.
According to reports, he was brutally stabbed several times and later died despite paramedics attempting to save him for two hours.
Reacting to the MP’s death, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics,” according to Reuters.Johnson continued, “David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague and our thoughts are very much today with his wife, his children and his family.”
Amess is not the first member of Parliament to be murdered while attending a constituency meeting. Helen Joanne Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen who took office in May 2015, was murdered in June 2016 while she was present at a constituency surgery. Prosecutors deemed the slaying to be related to “political and/or ideological reasons.”