Jo Cox, 41, had won the election last year after a career in humanitarian work. She was respected for her advocacy on behalf of refugees and civilians in Syria.
Cox was pronounced dead before 2 pm, an hour after she was attacked outside a library in Leeds, said the West Yorkshire police. The alleged attacker, Thomas Mair a supporter of a neo-Nazi group based in the United States, was arrested soon after the attack.
According to eyewitnesses, the attacker shouted ‘Britain first’ during and after the attack on the mother of two. He also shot her many times. Britain First is the name of a far-right group that stages anti-Muslim demonstrations.
After 16 June attack, the body has posted a statement on its website saying it would never encourage behaviour of this sort.
Quoting witnesses, British media stated the attacker seemed to be waiting for Cox outside a library in Birstall town where she was meeting constituents.
Meanwhile, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the country was “in shock”, while David Cameron and representatives of other parties paid tribute to Cox’s work and legacy.