Reading terror attack: Second victim was 39- year-old American man

Derrick Santistevan

The second victim of the Reading terror attack has actually been called as an American man who had actually been residing in the UK for 15 years.

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, was among 3 people stabbed to death as they took pleasure in the sunlight in Forbury Gardens on Saturday night.

He was initially from Philadelphia, U.S.A., however had actually been residing in the UK for 15 years, his sibling informed the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Robert Ritchie informed the paper: “The family is heartbroken they have lost their brilliant and loving son. This was senseless.”

A pal composed a psychological homage to him on social media, stating he was a “wonderful and funny man”.

She stated they would “cry with laughter” when they interacted at a call centre in America and added: “I know that he was so loved by those who knew him. Absolutely awful news.”

Mr Ritchie-Bennett lost his other half of 8 years to colon cancer in 2014, according to regional media.

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Secondary school instructor James Furlong, 36, was the first victim to be called.

He taught history, federal government and politics at The Holt School in Wokingham, 8 miles from where he was stabbed, and was referred to as “beautiful” and “intelligent” by his moms and dads.

Gary and Janet Furlong stated in a declaration: “He was the best son, brother, uncle and partner you could wish for. We are thankful for the memories he gave us all. We will never forget him and he will live in our hearts forever.”

Students at his school have actually had their lessons cancelled today and are being supported by counsellors, a spokesperson stated.

They are being welcomed to light a candle light in his memory at a close-by church.

The suspect – thought to be 25- year-old Khairi Saadallah – remains in custody after being apprehended on suspicion of murder and re-arrested under the Terrorism Act.

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