Op-ed: Jo Cox should have been celebrating her 42nd birthday Wednesday with her friends and family there to wish her well but as we are all too well aware Jo was brutally killed Thursday June 16.
The man accused of killing Jo was in court Saturday and appeared again via video link Monday. His next court appearance is Thursday.
Hate killed Jo Cox.
Whether it was the attack of a madman or politically motivated it was hate fuelled.
Jo's husband Brendan appeared in a BBC TV interview Tuesday and his pain was clearly visible.
The Guardian reports "Labour MP Jo Cox was killed for her very strong political views, her husband has said, adding that she had grown concerned about the whipping up of hatred in the EU referendum debate. Brendan Cox, a former adviser to Gordon Brown and Save the Children executive, said his wife had been worried about the tone in the EU debate before she was shot and stabbed outside her constituency surgery."
Close to tears he talked about Jo and the couple's two young children.
A Go Fund Me page set up with Brendan and a couple of friends in the aftermath of her murder has at time of writing raised £1,231,428 of £1.5M in just four days and by 37,213 people.
A heartfelt thank you and update on Jo’s birthday:
The outpouring of grief at Jo's murder has been a global affair. And Wednesday, events are taking place around the world to mark her birthday:
Organisers said the events, on what would have been her 42nd birthday, would "show the world we have more in common than that which divides us".Tributes are planned in New York, Paris, London and in Mrs Cox's Batley and Spen constituency.
Wednesday remember Jo Cox and her loved ones; keep them in your hearts.
Jo Cox was a special woman but above all she was mother to young children and a loving wife to Brendan. May she rest in poeace.
The man who went to the aid of Jo Cox is Bernard Kenny, 77.
"The pensioner hailed a hero for trying to save MP Jo Cox is a former miner who spent 40 years working in the industry ... and has talked about his life in a nostalgic pamphlet.Bernard Kenny was stabbed in the abdomen with a 10ins blade when trying to save the MP.He watched in horror as she fell to the floor in a pool of her own blood – then ran from his car in a desperate bid to save her life.But he was hit by the blade which pierced his liver, narrowly missing his heart and other major organs. He has now been discharged from hospital and Mr Kenny and his family have passed their sincere condolences to the family of Jo Cox. In a family statement they said: “We would also like to thank people at the scene, the police, ambulance service and the staff at LGI who were excellent in dealing with the situation" reports the Huddersfield Examiner.
Mr Kenny also shares a birthday with the late Jo Cox.
Wednesday he turns 78.
If you are able please support our crowd funder so that we can thank Mr Kenny for his bravery in just a small way.