One of the victims of the terrorist attack in Reading was named James Furlong, its director of history, government and politics, by the Holt School in Wokingham.
A letter from the school that was shared online described Mr. Furlong as a “kind and gentle man” who “felt a real sense of duty and looked after each and every one of our students”.
It continues: “He really inspired everyone he taught through his passion for his subject and his commitment. He was determined that our students would develop a critical awareness of global issues and become active citizens and have a voice. “
Former students described him as “simply the best”.
In response to the message, Wokingham Labor tweeted, “Devastated to discover that James Furlong, one of the victims of the stab wounds in Reading, was a teacher at Holt.
“His loss is a devastating blow to his family, colleagues, students, the entire Holt family and our entire community. Our thoughts are with them all. “
Mr. Furlong was one of three people killed in the Saturday attack at 7:00 p.m. in Forbury Gardens in downtown Reading.
In a statement, Chief Constable John Campbell thanked the people of Reading and said, “As you know, Thames Valley police officers launched a murder investigation last night that has now been declared a terrorist attack.
“At 6:56 p.m., we received a report that a number of people were stabbed at Forbury Gardens in Reading, tragically three people died and others were injured in the attack.
“Life has been destroyed and at this point the thoughts of all of my Thames Valley Police officers and officers are with those affected by this tragic incident.
“Within five minutes of the first call, officials had arrested and arrested a man. He remains in police custody at this time. “
consequences Berkshire Live’s blog for the latest updates on the terrorist attack.