Reading attack victims praised as the ‘loveliest people’

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Family members, friends and town’s LGBT community mourn men killed in town park

The victims killed in Saturday’s suspected terrorist attack were three friends who regularly socialised together and were described as “the kindest, most genuine, and most loveliest people in our community”.

David Wails, a scientist, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, who moved from the US 15 years ago, and history teacher James Furlong were all members of the LGBT community. Ritchie-Bennett had suffered a tragedy of his own in 2014 when his 32-year-old husband, Ian, died from cancer.

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