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THE devastated cousins of tragic MP Sir David Amess have laid flowers outside the Essex church where he was yesterday murdered.
The politician was meeting constituents when he was brutally knifed by a man who had quietly waited for an appointment.
While his wife Julia and five children grieve privately today, a bouquet signed from family has been placed at the scene.
The moving note reads: “RIP David. Thinking of your lovely family.
“Can’t believe this has actually happened.
“We will always love you.”
Devastated locals have been visiting the church since yesterday afternoon to pay their respects.
One woman wearing sunglasses and a black jacket was seen sobbing as she carried roses.
A candlelit vigil attended by more than 100 people took place on Friday evening.
Many wept openly as Father Jeffrey Woolnaugh spoke.
He said: “Have you ever known Sir David without that happy smile on his face?
“The greeting he would give was always that wonderful smile.
“He died doing the thing he loved. Meeting his local constituents.”
Boris Johnson, Priti Patel and Sir Keir Starmer visited the site this morning.
In a rare display of cross-party unity, the politicians walked together in an unannounced visit before laying blooms outside the church.
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The MPs didn’t speak to press during their visit.
But Mr Johnson later shared an image of a handwritten note on Twitter.
His message reads: “To the memory of Sir David Amess MP, a fine parliamentarian and a much-loved colleague and friend.”
And Mrs Patel later said at Southend police station that politicians are “struggling to come to terms” with the loss.
However, she vowed that they would not be “cowed” – and said MPs will continue to see voters face-to-face.
Counter-terrorism cops continue to quiz a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder.
The suspect is a British national of Somali origin.
Police are probing links the man is believed to have to Islamic extremism.
And officers have confirmed they’re treating the killing as terrorism.
Witness Anthony Finch said the suspect was “quiet” as he was arrested.
“He was wearing jeans and a white top and was completely quiet,” he said.
“He was in his mid-20s and appeared to be getting into the police car willingly. He was compliant.”
John Lamb, councillor for neighbouring West Leigh, said Sir David was with two female members of staff when a man “literally got a knife out and just began stabbing him”.
Mr Lamb told The Sun that the two women, one of whom is PA Julie Cushion, were heartbroken.
He said: “They are devastated. I’ve no idea of the motive. He had no known enemies.
“I’m told the man was waiting calmly to be seen. It’s horrendous. So awful.”
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