British lawmaker Jo Cox died after being shot and stabbed

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 05:00 GMT, Jun 17, 2016 |

British member of Parliament and lawmaker Jo Cox was shot dead in the street in northern England on Thursday (June 16), causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week’s referendum on the country’s EU membership.

Jo Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and vocal supporter of Britain remaining in the European Union, was shot and stabbed as she prepared to hold a meeting with constituents in Birstall near Leeds.

West Yorkshire Police said a 52-year-old man was arrested by officers nearby and weapons including a firearm recovered. The motive for the attack was not immediately known.

Prime Minister David Cameron said the killing of Cox, who was married with two children and had worked on U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign, was a tragedy.

Jo Cox was elected to parliament in 2015 and represented the constituency of Batley and Spenborough.

The last attack on a British legislator was in 2010, when Labour member and ex-cabinet minister Stephen Timms was stabbed in the stomach at his office in east London by a 21-year-old student who was angry over his backing for the 2003 Iraq war.