Lawmakers in the United Kingdom offered prayers on Saturday in memory of their long-timeon Friday. They paid tribute at the church where David Amess, a conservative British member of Parliament, was meeting with constituents at the time he was attacked.
Conservative chief Minister Boris Johnson, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, and the non-partisan speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, all laid flowers.
Police say Amess died at the scene, where they arrested a 25-year-old speculate who they believe acted alone, Roxana Saberi reports.
Authorities haveand said a preliminary investigation “revealed a possible motivation connected to Islamist extremism.” They have not named the speculate.
Amess, who was 69, was known for his hardline views on Brexit, and for campaigning for animal welfare.
His murder has hindered his community, and Britain’s political formation.
“One thing we do know: Nothing will stop democracy,” said Hoyle. “Nothing will stop us carrying out our duties.”
But it’s also sparking calls for tighter security.
Just over five years ago, Labor MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed by a far-right extremist while also meeting with constituents. Her sister, Kim Leadbeater, became an MP this year.
“It’s really important that we get good people in public life, but this is the risk that we’re all taking. … And so many MPs today will be scared by this,” said Leadbeater.
Authorities now plan to review lawmakers’ security. MPs get police protection while in parliament, but typically travel without it when they go home to meet with voters.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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