AN AMERICAN man has today been named as one of the three people killed in the horrific attack, Reading the end of the week.
Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39 years old, who has been known as a “brilliant and love” the man that his father has blasted its “absurd” to kill after the carnage took place on the Saturday evening.
It is understood that he was a friend of James Furlong, the first victim to be named from the terrorist attack that took place on Saturday.
And Joe, the father, Robert Ritchie, told Eyewitness News: “The family is heartbroken, they have lost a brilliant and loving son. It was foolish. ”
Ritchie said that Joe had moved from Philadelphia to the UK 15 years ago – first working for a London law firm before moving on to a Dutch pharmaceutical company based in Reading.
And the tributes today poured in for Joe, who had lost her partner Ian, a cancer, a certain number of years.
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A pal wrote: “So sad to hear that Joe Ritchie-Bennett has been one of the victims of murder in Reading this weekend.
“You can now find your husband Ian Richie-Bennett.
“The two taken far, far, far too fast. ”
Another college roommate of Joe said: “I have spent a great part of the day trying to come to terms with such a loss is foolish.
“I will always remember your wicked sense of humor, good heart, appreciation of a good cocktail and the passion for life. ”
And another pal added: “You were taken too soon my beautiful, but I know that you are now going to be with your darling Ian Ritchie-Bennett. Your star will shine so bright in the sky. ”
The U.S. ambassador to the united KINGDOM Woody Johnson confirmed that an American citizen was killed in the Reading of the atrocity.
He said: “I offer my most sincere condolences to the families of those killed in the attack, on 20 June.
“To our great sadness, this includes a U.s. citizen. Our thoughts are with all those affected.
“We condemn the attack absolutely, and we have offered our assistance to British law enforcement. “
It comes after the tributes paid to James Furlong, an inspirational teacher killed in the attack.
His parents, Gary and Janet, have released the following statement: “James was a wonderful man. He was handsome, intelligent, honest and fun.
“He was the best son, brother, uncle and partner as you could wish for. We are grateful for the memories he has given to us all.
“We will never forget him and he will live forever in our hearts.”
Survivors and witnesses have described the carnage at Forbury Gardens on Saturday night as a suspect Khairi Saadallah would have lashed out at groups in the sun.
The suspect is believed to have dropped his knife before fleeing into the park. A police officer rugby-tackled to the ground after a chase.
The Questions surfaced after it was revealed the terror suspect was on the MI5 radar had left the prison in just 16 days.
Khairi Saadallah has been a real timebomb who wanted to travel to Syria to fight, The Sun has revealed.
The Libyan asylum-seeker, 25, was also on medication for post-traumatic stress disorder and a suspected personality disorder before his release from prison 16 days.
And in 2018, he obtained permission to remain in the united KINGDOM for the past five years, despite the convictions for violence.
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Saadallah wild moods were controlled by drugs in prison. He has not been expelled, because the laws on the rights to block the return of criminals to “failed” states such as Libya, according to sources.
Saadallah spit in the Judge Sophie Toms at Reading magistrates court after she was sentenced for the previous offences in March 2019.
Other offences — none of which were terrorism-related — includes the possession of a weapon and assaulting a police officer, which earned him an eight-month term.