Sir David Amess, a Member of Parliament, was stabbed multiple times Friday and died of his injuries, according to authorities. The BBC reported that the 69-year-old member of the Conservative Party was meeting with constituents in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex when the attack occurred. He represented Southend West.
Metropolitan Police later announced that the attack had been declared an act of terrorism, as investigators found “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism.”
A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene and a knife was recovered. Police believe the suspect, a British national, acted alone.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson called Amess “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics.”
“We’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague,” Johnson said.
Amess is the second British lawmaker to be killed within the past five years. Jo Cox, a 41-year-old member of the Labour Party, was murdered in 2016 by Thomas Mair, a far-right extremist. Mair was sentenced to life in prison for the crime.
The Jo Cox Foundation, which was formed in her honor, said in a statement that its members were “horrified” to hear about the attack on Amess.
“We are thinking of him, his family, and loved ones at this distressing time,” the foundation said.