‘We will always love you’: Family tribute to David Amess as locals mourn

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Relatives of Sir David Ames expressed shock and shock over his killing on Saturday as hundreds of well-wishers lit candles and paid tribute at the site of the attack in Southend, Essex.

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Two cousins ​​laid flowers outside the church where they were subjected to multiple blows during a meeting with the constituents.

“Can’t believe this actually happened,” read an attached card. “RIP David. Thinking of your lovely family. We will love you forever. Cousins ​​Moira and Pat.”

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Paramedics tried to save the life of a Conservative MP for more than an hour on the floor of the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

The 25-year-old suspect, who made no attempt to escape, was arrested on suspicion of murder.

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Well-wishers light candles at the Belfair Recreation Ground in Lehigh-on-Sea, Southend, on Saturday

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Well-wishers light candles at the Belfair Recreation Ground in Lehigh-on-Sea, Southend, on Saturday

Neighboring Rochford and Southend East MP James Dudridge echoed the disbelief when he remembered his aide at a vigil outside the city’s civic center on Saturday afternoon.

We are still completely shocked and expect him to return to the House of Commons on Monday.” Granthshala.

Making Southend a city – for which Sir David had campaigned for many years – would be a fitting way to remember his service to the community, Mr Dudridge said.

“We need to continue their campaigns and their spirit, energy and enthusiasm. He would raise an issue and shout loudly about it for the people without a voice.

“Making Southend a city is something that jumps into everyone’s mind to be very fitting and to do in honor of David.”

Balloons are released outside the Civic Center in Southend-on-Sea on Saturday

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Balloons are released outside the Civic Center in Southend-on-Sea on Saturday

Flowers and other tributes were laid for Sir David at the police cordon on Eastwood Road North, just a few yards from the scene.

Earlier, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labor Leader Keir Starmer and Home Secretary Priti Patel also paid floral tributes.

The Reverend Clifford Newman, of the Belfairs Methodist Church, was only two weeks into his role at the time of the attack. They told Granthshala: “Sir David loved going out into the community and talking to people and used the local church to meet members.

“I thought it was a good idea, because there is space and supposedly a safe haven. The fact is that the attacker came as a sanctuary, and targeting a person who can help the community. It is, it is despicable.

“I hope to God that it was not in the name of God.”

At the scene on Saturday were religious leaders from Southend Mosques who offered flowers and said the MP was “a sincere friend to our Muslim community”, including attending the inauguration of the city’s first Muslim Scout group.

The Essex Jamme Mosque website on behalf of “all Southend Mosques” said the killing was “an unforgivable atrocity, committed on the grounds of a place of worship, and we strongly condemn it,” the statement said. The statement said.

“This act was done in the name of blind hatred, and we look forward to bringing the perpetrator to justice.”

Connie Fawcett, a resident of the local area, knew Sir David from his visits to local charity events and school fairs. She described him as a “very sweet man” and a person who “will always help everyone as much as possible”.

Leaders of Southend Mosques lay flowers near Belfair Methodist Church in Leh-on-Sea on Saturday

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Leaders of Southend Mosques lay flowers near Belfair Methodist Church in Leh-on-Sea on Saturday

Local councilor Alex Bright said everyone had an anecdote about how the MP helped them.

“Nothing was small or unimportant to him,” he said, “he made everyone feel important. He was on everyone else’s level.”

Clare Bright said he believed two staff members were with Sir David when he was fatally attacked.

“Sometimes I feel insecure in my job as a councillor,” he said. “It is common practice that our home addresses are published on council websites. I think it will have to be changed. I had to step down after an incident a few years back.

“I agree that politicians need to be accountable to the public and I agree that we shouldn’t be afraid, but he said I think we need to modify some basic security measures.”

Francis Neill, who had known Sir David as a local preacher for over twenty years, said he was a “MP at heart”.

“If you were at Homebase and you saw him he would always chat with you, or if you were out shopping,” she said. “He was a folk man.”

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