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Reading terror attack: Third friend to die was also LGBT+

Reading terror attack: Third friend to die was also LGBT+

  • All three men to die in the Reading terror attack were regulars at a gay pub in the town.
Joe Ritchie-Bennet, David Wails and James Furlong

The authorities have named the third victim of the Reading terror attack as David Wails.

A knifeman stabbed him to death along with his two friends, James Furlong and Joe Ritchie-Bennett on Saturday evening (20 June).

The three men were in Forbury Gardens, a small park in the center of Reading in southern England, at the time of the attack.

All three were regulars at the Blagrave Arms, a nearby gay-friendly pub, and supporters of Reading Pride.

Another three people suffered serious injuries in the attack but all three have now left hospital.

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David Wails has been named as the third person killed in the terror attack in a park in Reading. Facebook

Tributes: ‘True gentlemen’ and ‘very dear friends’

Meanwhile Reading’s LGBT+ community has started to mourn the three men.

Martin Cooper, the CEO of Reading Pride, said: ‘It is with deep sadness that I write this.

‘Friends of Reading Pride have been taken too soon due to the actions of an individual.

‘The individuals taken were personal friends of mine. They were supporters of Reading as a community and of Reading Pride.

‘James, Joe and David were true gentlemen. Each with their own unique personality.

‘They were regulars of the Blagrave, a community pub, whose regulars will be in mourning.’

Meanwhile a heart-shaped floral tribute and candles appeared outside the pub on Monday afternoon.

A note alongside it said: ‘The Blagrave Arms management and staff are devastated at the announcement that the three people who died in the Forbury Gardens attack on Saturday were regular customers and very dear friends of ours.

‘Our hearts go out to their family and friends and the other victims of this horrific incident.

‘Dave, James and Joe: We will never forget you. RIP.’

Police appeal

Police are holding one suspect – Khairi Saadallah, aged 25 – in custody. They are detaining him on suspicion of murder and under the Terrorism Act.

Detectives are not currently looking for anyone else but are continuing their investigations. They wish to speak with any witnesses, in particular anyone who may have been driving in the area around the time of the attack who may have dashcam footage which may help the investigation.