By Michael Holden
LONDON (Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday will lead tributes to David Amess, a veteran parliamentarian who was stabbed to death during a meeting with his electorate, and police are questioning a man for what they say it may have been a terrorist attack.
Amess, 69, was attacked on Friday at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, east London. At the scene, armed police arrested the 25-year-old son of a former media adviser to a former Somali prime minister, and he remains in custody.
Amess’s assassination has shocked his colleagues, who will meet in Parliament later on Monday, where the proceedings will be replaced by a minute of silence and homage led by Johnson.
Later still, there will be a procession to the nearby Church of St. Margaret for a memorial service for the parliamentarian who was the father of five children.
Amess’ relatives said the cruel and violent death left them with broken hearts.
“Strong and courageous is an apt way to describe David. He was a patriot and a man of peace,” his family said.
“So we ask people to put aside their differences and show kindness and love to everyone. This is the only way forward. Put hatred aside and work for unity.”
The assassination of Amess, the second British parliamentarian killed in the last five years, raises questions about the safety of politicians and what actions should be taken against the virtual offenses directed against them.
((Translation of the São Paulo Newsroom, 5511 56447759)) REUTERS ES
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