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Shock killing halts Britain's EU campaign

Floral tributes and candles are placed by a picture of slain Labour MP Jo Cox at a vigil in Parliament square in LondonBritain was reeling Friday from the murder of a lawmaker on a village street that froze campaigning at its frantic peak a week from a referendum on European Union membership. Jo Cox, a 41-year-old former aid worker and pro-EU campaigner known for her advocacy on behalf of Syrian refugees, was killed outside a library where she regularly met constituents in her home village of Birstall in northern England on Thursday. The murder overshadowed a by-election victory by Cox’s opposition Labour party in the London district of Tooting in the early hours of Friday.

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