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Murdered lawmaker's family arrives for vigil by boat

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 01:33

The family and supporters of British lawmaker Jo Cox make their way by boat to a vigil in central London a week after she was murdered in a shooting and stabbing attack. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: The family of murdered British lawmaker Jo Cox sailed up London's River Thames on Wednesday (June 22) as they made their way to a vigil in her honor in Trafalgar Square. Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed a week before Britain's referendum on European Union membership. The MP, who represented a constituency near the northern city of Leeds, lived on a houseboat on the Thames when she was in London. On Wednesday, which would have been her 42nd birthday, her widower, Brendan, and the couple's two young children were on board the vessel, a converted Dutch barge, as it headed upstream to Westminster Pier near the Houses of Parliament. The vigil, titled 'More in Common' took its name from her maiden speech in Parliament when she said: "We have more in common than divides us". The murder of Cox, a member of parliament for the opposition Labor Party and a firm believer in remaining in Europe, shocked the country and abruptly changed the tone of a caustic campaign which has polarized Britons. Her husband believes she was killed because of her political views. Cox had been worried about Britain's political culture, including a coarsening of language and people taking more extreme positions, her husband said on Tuesday. She was also concerned about divisive politics globally. In addition to tributes in Britain, vigils were due to be staged in Beirut, Brussels, Melbourne, Nairobi, New York and Washington. A 52-year old man has been charged with her murder and is in custody awaiting trial.

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Murdered lawmaker's family arrives for vigil by boat

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 01:33