Jo’s murder led to an outpouring of grief and solidarity across the world. On 22 June 2016 memorials were held in cities as far apart as London and Nairobi, Washington and Buenos Aires.
Among the thousands of tributes to Jo were:
Anonymous donor to the Jo Cox Fund –
“I talked about Jo to my own daughter as I explained the news report and why I had been crying, she understood. I wanted to tell her that there are many women in the world who are wonderful, strong and powerful role models for us all and Jo was one of them... even though we didn't know her at all. That night we lit a candle to remember her.”
Rachel Reeves, MP –
"Jo was struck down much too soon. So it now falls on all our shoulders – the woman I met in a Batley coffee shop, Jo’s friends, MPs, all of us – to carry on Jo’s work: to combat and guard against hatred, intolerance and injustice and to serve others with dignity and love. That is the best way we can remember Jo and all she stood for."
Barack Obama –
“I did not have the privilege of knowing her. But I know the spirit that defined her life… she believed in an idea that transcends borders and cultures – the power of people to bring about change, from the grassroots up.”
Malala Yousafzai –
“She showed us that you can be small and still be a giant. And that’s what Jo was – a giant.”
Julia Gillard –
“Togetherness, unity – these were values that drove Jo in all that she did. She believed in a world that celebrated and reflected our common humanity. She believed in a nation that was united and welcomed diversity.”
Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead –
"Not only did Jo do nothing bad in her life but, much more importantly, she successfully strove always to do good. Happily, she was no saint. She was mischievous, merry and irreverent as well as focused, determined, resilient and brave."
David Cameron –
“Jo Cox was a voice of compassion, whose irrepressible spirit and boundless energy lit up the lives of all who knew her and saved the lives of many she never, ever met.”