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

Reading terror attack: Second victim was 39-year-old American man | UK News  | Sky News

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

Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, was one of three people stabbed to death as they enjoyed the sunshine in Forbury Gardens on Saturday evening.

He was originally from Philadelphia, USA, but had been living in the UK for 15 years where he worked for a pharmaceutical company.

His brother Robert Ritchie told the The Philadelphia Inquirer: “The family is heartbroken they have lost their brilliant and loving son. This was senseless.”

A friend wrote an emotional tribute to him on social media, saying he was a “wonderful and funny man”.

She said they would “cry with laughter” when they worked together 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 husband of eight years to colon cancer in 2014, according to local media.

source: sky news

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