MPs will be able to share memories of the Conservative MP from Southend West in the House of Commons on Monday
MPs will be able to share memories of the Conservative MP from Southend West by observing a silence of at least two hours and a minute at 2.30 pm after the morning prayer.
On Sunday evening, his family described how they were “heartbroken” after they were attacked while meeting constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea Essex on Friday.
In a statement published through the Metropolitan Police, his wife, four daughters and son said: “Strong and courageous is an apt way to describe David. He was a patriotic and peace-loving man.
“Therefore, we ask people to put aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Keep hatred away and work towards solidarity.
“Whatever one’s caste, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.
“As a family, we are trying to understand why this terrible thing has happened. No one should have died like this. No one.”
The 25-year-old man, believed by the PA news agency to be Ali Herbie Ali, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of killing Sir David and is in police custody.
He has been detained under Section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and the detectives are expected to continue to interrogate him till Friday till further custody warrants are issued.
The Sunday Times said the suspected killer’s father, Herbie Ali Kulne, who the newspaper described as a former adviser to the Prime Minister of Somalia, had confirmed that his British-born son had been arrested.
Herbie Farah, a friend of Mr. Cullen, told the Sun: “I have known his father, Herbie, for over ten years. He is a nice person and this will be very disturbing for him.
“He is a respected member of the Somali community in the UK and also in Somalia.
“He is not well for the past few years. He’s had surgery and is shielding.
“I never met Ali but I heard from other family members that he was studying medicine.”
According to the Times newspaper, as part of a counter-terrorism investigation, Sir David’s ties to the Gulf state of Qatar are being investigated by the police, to analyze all the ways why he was targeted.
The paper reported that it was one of several lines of investigation, which quoted Whitehall sources as saying that “the clear reason why he was targeted has not been established.”
Sir David was the chairman of the all-party parliamentary British-Qatar group, his most recent visit being last week, according to photographs published on the group’s Twitter page.
Referring to the visit in his last tweet, the MP wrote: “As President of @QatarAPPG, I am very pleased to meet the Emir during our recent delegation to Doha.”
The state of Qatar on Sunday published a statement condemning the attack, saying it considered their stabbing “a horrific crime and a clear violation of human rights”.
Meanwhile other reports suggested that the attack was random.
The Telegraph said the politician was not “specifically targeted”, but was believed to have been chosen as part of a plot to assassinate “any MP”.
The Metropolitan Police declined to comment.