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London mourns slain lawmaker

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 01:24

The flag at Buckingham Palace flies at half mast as Londoners mourn slain lawmaker Jo Cox, killed by a man with suspected neo-Nazi links and a history of mental illness. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: A houseboat community in London mourned the death of one of its residents on Friday (June 17), after Labor MP Jo Cox was killed by a man with suspected neo-Nazi links and a history of mental illness in her constituency in northern England. Flowers and messages of condolence were left at the gate of Hermitage Moorings in Wapping near the city's iconic Tower Bridge. Cox lived here on a houseboat when she was in the capital on parliamentary business. The flags at Buckingham Palace and parliament were also flying at half mast on Friday, as people left tributes for the slain lawmaker. Cox, 41, a supporter of Britain staying in the EU, was shot and stabbed on Thursday (June 16) by a man who witnesses said shouted "Britain first" in her own electoral district near Leeds in the county of West Yorkshire. A 52-year-old man was arrested near the murder scene and police said a firearm was recovered. The man was being questioned on Friday and no charges had been made. British media named the man as Thomas Mair. The killing prompted campaigning to be suspended for the June 23 EU referendum, the tone of which has become ugly and included bitter personal recriminations as well as furious debate of issues such as immigration and the economy. The murder sent shockwaves around Britain which has strict gun controls and sparked debate about the safety of lawmakers, the heightened tempo of political confrontation and whether the slaying would affect the outcome of the referendum.

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London mourns slain lawmaker

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 01:24