The family of murdered British lawmaker Jo Cox gave an emotional tribute in her memory on Saturday, 18 June, and thanked the public for their support at a memorial service in northern England town of Birstall.

Cox, an ardent supporter of EU membership, was shot and stabbed in the street in her electoral district in northern England on Thursday, 16 June. Her sister, Kim Leadbeater, thanked everyone for the outpouring of support in the wake of the tragedy.

"It has genuinely made a difference and helped us through some dark times in the last 48 hours," she added.

Leadbeater, who had to identify her sister's body late on Friday, 17 June, paid homage to Cox.

"From a very young age, all Jo ever wanted was for everybody to be happy. We were brought up to see the positive in everything and everyone and has endeavoured to do so all of our lives.

"She was a human being and she was perfect," added Leadbeater.

Earlier in the day in London, 52-year-old Thomas Mair appeared in court charged with her murder.