UK MP Amess stabbing suspect identified

A member of the British Parliament who died Friday after being stabbed multiple times in a church in what police said was a terrorist attack.

David Amess, who is 69, is a member of the Conservative Party and represents Southend West in Essex, England. He was attacked Friday while visiting constituents in his home district in southeast England, officials said.

In a statement Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said that while the investigation was still in its early stages, “it has been revealed that the motivation for the attack was linked to Islamist extremism.”

Local residents and politicians paid their respects to Sir David Amess on Sunday, at the site in the sleepy seaside town where the British MP was murdered.

Andrew Rosindell, UK Member of Parliament for Romford in neighboring Southend West, said Amess was “a model of a true MP.”

He added that after the attack, local politicians should be “extra cautious,” but stressed: “We cannot allow evil to destroy democracy.”

Local resident and veteran of the Korean war, Les Thorington, came on Sunday (17/10) to pay their respects at the special location in honor of Amess.

“Losing a great man and I don’t think we can ever replace him again,” he said. [lt/jm]

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