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Further tributes paid to victims of Reading knife attack

James Furlong, 36. Image credit: Thames Valley Police.

Three people died and three others were injured in the attack in Forbury Gardens last weekend.

49-year-old David Wails, 39-year-old Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, and James Furlong, 36, died after being attacked at around 7pm on 20th June.

Three others, who were taken to hospital with stab wounds, have since been discharged.

Last night, 27th June, a vigil was held in honour of the victims of the horrific incident one week on.

It was attended by family members of the three men, local officials, and Home Secretary, Priti Patel.

Shortly before the vigil started, Counter Terrorism Policing South East (CTPSE) confirmed they had charged a man in connection with the attack.

25-year-old Khairi Saadallah, of Basingstoke Road, Reading, was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

The family of James Furlong, who lived in the Reading area, issued the following statement earlier yesterday: "We would like to start by thanking the Police for their ongoing help, including their remarkable bravery. They have been a pillar of support.

"Equally, we would like to express our gratitude to the emergency services, members of the public and the wider Reading community, who did all they could to help and save the lives of those who had been injured that night.

"Lastly, we are very grateful for the vast number of tributes and messages of support  we have received. It has given us so much strength. 

"We send our heartfelt condolences to the families of Joe and David. We share your pain and your heartbreak."

Joseph Ritchie-Bennett Reading terror victim (TVP)
Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, 39. Image credit: Thames Valley Police.

They continued: "To James' colleagues and pupils at the Holt School. He spoke often of how much he loved where he worked and his passion for developing the students.  He cared so much and was very proud of each and every one of you.

"James was passionate about creating a more loving and caring society. His time with us was cut far too short but the impact he made will live on, long long into the future. His family, his friends and those who have met him - he made us all a better person.  

"We are so proud of him. James was, and always will be, so very much loved by us all."

Meanwhile the family of Joseph Ritchie-Bennett said: "We LOVED Joe so much and we are in such deep sorrow. We need all the prayers for Joe and the Ritchie and Bennett families."

CTPSE continues to lead the investigation into the incident, and Saadallah is due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court tomorrow, 29th June. 

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