Mon. Nov 29th, 2021

The family of Sir David Amess have said they are “completely devastated but we will survive” following the assassination of a Member of Parliament on Friday.

They have also urged people to support the reasons why Sir David fought, as well as ask everyone to put the differences aside and show “kindness and love” to each other after his murder.

In a statement from the Metropolitan Police, they said: “The family would like to thank everyone for the wonderful, wonderful tribute to David after his cruel and violent death. It has really given us so much comfort.

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“The support from friends, voters and the public has been so overwhelming. As a family, it has given us strength.

“We have realized by tribute that there was far, much more to David than even we, the closest, knew.

“We are extremely proud of him. Our hearts are broken. However, there was still so much David wanted to do – we know that from the events of the last few days.

The family added that it “is not the end of Sir David Amess’s MP”, rather it is the “next chapter that invites supporters to help the causes he fought for – including for a Dame Vera Lynn memorial for which he fought .

They also asked people to support Sir David’s campaign for Southend’s city status.

They continued: “Strong and courageous is an appropriate way to describe David. He was a patriot and a peaceful man. So we ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work against society.

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‘Sir David Amess was a master’

“No matter what race, religious or political belief you are, be tolerant and try to understand. As a family, we try to understand why this terrible thing happened. No one should die that way. No one.

“Please let something good come out of this tragedy. We are utterly devastated, but we will survive and continue for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man.

“We are currently asking that the privacy of the family be respected so that we can mourn privately.”

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Terror suspect linked to Somali Prime Minister

Police arrested a 25-year-old man at the scene of Sir David’s death on suspicion of his murder, understood by Sky News to be named Ali Harbi Ali, with officers who were ordered to detain him until October 22.

He is the son of a former senior Somali official, Sky News understands.

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