Book of Condolence

Welcome to our online Book of Condolence, a special place of remembrance for the people of Reading and those who stand in solidarity with us. Please leave tributes to those who died and were injured in the Forbury Gardens attack, and messages of support for their families and all of those within the Reading community affected by the events that day.

“My condolences to all of the family, friends and to the LGBTQ community over the tragic loss of the lives of the three of you. I hope that as a Town we keep supporting each and every community stronger than ever before. Even though I never knew you I have read of how much you all touched the lives of all who knew you. RIP”

Chris Reilly

“Rest in peace you beautiful angels, I’m so sorry this happened to you.

Love and strength to your family. We love and support you.”

Charlene Chetty

“RIP and my thoughts to the family and friends of those involved.”

Phil

“You will always be remembered”

Claire K

“I met Joe under unfortunate circumstances when his husband Ian, my primary school friend had passed away. We met at his funeral and on and off over the last 6 yrs, I would see Joe walk past my house to go to the crematorium. We chatted and laughed together many a times, Joe had an amazing sense of humour and would light up your day. RIP with your husband. My condolences are also with David and James’s family. May you all shine like bright stars in the sky. xxxx Carina xxxx”

Carina

“So shocked and sad by this event such a waste of life rip boys, so sorry thoughts go out to your families and the gay community at this time xx love wins hate will never”

Jonathan harmsworth

“So sorry to everyone that was involved on that day. I work for the ambulance service and I really wish I was there and that I could have done something to change the outcome but I know that everyone tried their hardest. Hopefully you are all able to rest in peace and I hope that your families are able to have some comfort.

All of my love x”

Lewis Leach

“RIP JAMES , DAVID & JOE it was a pleasure to know you taken far too soon under devastating circumstances which reading are still coming to terms with x”

JON & LIZ SLEET

“May you light up the heavens with your smiles and laughter. You will all be missed xx”

Lea

“R. I . P Joe.”

Vera

“I didn’t know any of you but I wanted to pay my respects. From what I have read, you were three truly amazing people and you will always be remembered. You have all inspired many people during your lives and your spirits will live on in all who knew and loved you. Rest in peace.”

Emily

“Rest in peace!”

“Thoughts are with you all at this time and forever after. This incident should never have happened. 3 (three) innocent lives of people just going about their weekend (a Saturday, in Forbury Gardens)… and then without warning this terrible incident happened and they lost their lives. May they R.I.P.”

Dorothy Le-Cornu

“RIP to 3 beautiful souls xx”

“God keep the hearts of your family members from this loss. My feelings”

Elaine

“With love to bereaved and the mourning, the friends and families of David Wails, Joe Ritchie Bennett and James Furlong. Our town will remember you.
“Honor Quam Honores”
Love wins x

“We were lucky enough to welcome Joe into our family when he married Ian 14 years ago. Joe lit up the world wherever he went, he was a breath of fresh air and he had a fantastic sense of humour! He was a loyal, kind and caring person and we were privileged and proud to be part of his life.
Words cannot describe how much we will miss Joe. Our lives will not be the same without him.
Sending all our love to James’s and David’s family and friends. R.I.P. Joe, James and David, tragically taken but never forgotten. Xxx”

Stephen and Katy Bennett

“There is no sense in any of this. I am so sad for everyone who witnessed the attack. For those whose lives were taken and the lives that will never be the same again. My condolences to you all.”

“My thoughts and prayers go to all those who lost their lives, were injured and traumatised by this attack and all their families. Reading and it’s community are there with you.”

Sarah

“Thoughts with all your friends, families and loved ones. May you all rest in peace xx”

“So very sad, words simply cannot describe the pain. May your family know that there is still good and this will help guide them through these times.”

Al Smith

“I feel so sad for the town and the people, especially the families of those taken from us. I don’t live in Reading anymore, but the town and it’s people are in my heart. Peace, love and unity to all.”

Ian Crabb

“Will miss you all my friends, Rest In Peace”

Ken Murphy

“Rest in peace love to all the family and friends at this sad time.”

Tina Holloway

“Such a sad loss, lifes just not fair 3 men enjoying the sunshine here one minute gone the next my heart goes out to all the 3 family s xxxxx”

Lucinda Sharp

“Love and prayers are with David, James and Joe, their families and friends, those injured and all who have been affected in any way by the terrible events in the Forbury Gardens.”

JS

“God bless your families. My prayers are with you”

Frankie

“May David, James and Joe rest in peace.”

NS

“To the family’s that lost love ones on that awful day sending u love and Huggs we will always remember them x”

Mandy h

“With love and thoughts to the family and those connected to this tragedy. Reading stands with you and you are always in our thoughts x”

“Rest In Peace David, Joe & James.

May your rainbows never fade.”

Mark K

“We will always remember you”

Richard

“My deepest sympathy to all the bereaved family members and everyone who may have been impacted by this dreadful event. May the deceased rest in peace, the wounded recover swiftly, and Reading shall forever prevail as a bastion of Peace, Diversity, Togetherness and Tolerance.”

J Cuggy

“I’m still shocked of what’s happened… it’s so sad. I’m sending my best wishes and love to your friends and families. xxx”

H.M.

“Joe, James and David,

I’m still trying to reconcile what has happened. Not sure I ever will.

Love you you all as you were such lovely kind people who absolutely did not deserve this.

Love to your family and friends too. We will always remember you.

xmx”

Martin Cooper

“Always in our memory. We weep with the family and friends of these lovely guys. Reading, together, forever.”

Alan M

“So very shocked and saddened by this tragic event. May you rest in peace, God bless to you and your loved ones Xx”

Marcia

“Remembering the lives of three wonderful people and thinking of all those injured and affected. Rest in peace.”

“My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims, who’s lives were tragically cut short in such an awful way.”

Leigh I

“Mr Furlong went through a History paper with me even after I’d moved on from The Holt to Farnborough. A truly selfless and lovely person. I can only imagine his friends were the same. Rest in peace, my heart aches for those closest to the three of you xxx”

Becks

“A dreadful loss of three fine lives. May they rest in peace knowing how much happiness they brought to others.”

Andrew

“So shocked and so saddened that your lives were taken way too soon. May you all rest in peace. My thoughts and heart go out to your families,,friends and all that knew you.”

Sarah

“rest in peace”

Holly

“James, David and Joe.
My deepest condolences.
You will be missed.”

Emma

“Such a tragedy to happen in our wonderful town. RIP”

Henry

“James, David And Joe, you will be so deeply missed.
With love and prayers for you and all who knew you xxx”

SR

“James, David and Joe …

So very shocked and saddened that this could have happened here in Reading. By all accounts, three talented, and well loved gentlemen, taken from us so violently. Absolute tragedy.

Sending love and strength to all you loved and knew you.

Reading will never forget.”

HJK

“Our thoughts are with your family, friends and loved ones.

We are so sorry your life was cut short in such a horrific way, your memories will live on and you will remain in the hearts of loved ones always xxx”

The Crocker Family

“Rest in peace gentlemen, your work here is done. Others will now pick up where you left off and do it all in your honour. As a lifelong resident of this town I’m both shocked and saddened by what’s happened and I send your families and friends love, respect and strength.”

EJG

“My thoughts and love go out to the families and friends of these beautiful men and the whole of the LGBTQI community. May your beautiful souls rest in peace xoxo”

Lyndsey T

“Thinking of All of the families of James, Joe, and David at this extremely sad time, our hearts go out to you and all those affected. Love.”

Trevor

“God bless you all. May you rest peacefully x”

“On Behalf of Everyone on People help the people Reading page Facebook. All our thoughts go to anyone effected by the events. This should not of happened! We are a caring town and we will support eachother . It’s pains us to to hear of the tragic deaths of Joe James and David may they rest in peace. Sincere condolences to all their families. We are all here to help eachother X”

Rebecca Hughes (Page Admin)

“Keeping all affected by the attack in Forbury Gardens in my thoughts and prayers.”

John Kelly

“My thoughts are with James Furlong and his family during this tragic and totally unimaginable time. We will forever remember Mr Furlong as the loving, dedicated, passionate, kind and hard-working teacher that he was. We will ALWAYS stand together as a school community in celebrating and remembering his life.”

Natalie Goulden and your loving Holt family

“Mr. Furlong, he was the best teacher ever and made me enjoy the subject. He was such a big laugh and genuinely such a nice person. There was never a day he was down in the dumps or ever got extremely shouty at us.”

“Bless all 3 of you so so sad.”

“Our thoughts are with the families, 3 lives taken in their prime rest in peace.”

Annette, David & Connor xxx

“So so sorry for your loss, thinking of you.”

Gill

“Rest in peace James, Joe & Ritchie. Sending prayers to your families for strength and courage at this difficult time. xxxx”

Jocelyn

“Mr Furlong was an exceptionally amazing teacher and I have never met someone so passionate about history. In the four years that I was lucky to have him as a teacher, he has taught me so much, from history to great advice for challenging times. May he rest in peace and remember don’t do anything I wouldn’t do.”

Lailah Ashraf

“RIP James , Joe & David, words cannot express how we all feel about you our thoughts are with all your families may you rest in eternal peace. Lots of love you will never be forgotten xxx”

Debbie Corcoran

“So sad for the loss of James, Joe and David. James was a teacher at my daughter’s school and they have such lovely things to say about him. He will be so very much missed. Love to his family, friends and all at the Holt School.”

“Deepest Sympathies to all the families and friends. Rest In Peace.”

Anne Seymour

“I still cannot believe that its real, my beautiful, funny and totally bonkers Joe is not here anymore, the thought of not seeing you again breaks my heart – love and muss you so very very much – save me a place in heaven (and don’t go telling them at the gates that I’m not allowed in, one day when my work here is done, I look forward to seeing you again.”

Gloria

“We lit a candle yesterday in remembrance. “Our thoughts are with family and friends of all who were involved.””

Jocelyn & family

“Wishing the best for the friends and families of James, Joe, and David – I hope the pain of loss eases. Hopefully one day we can be without such unnecesary acts of violence and harm. Rest in peace James, Joe, and David.”

Max

“My love and thoughts are with the family and friends of all the victims.

RIP James, Joe and Richie. I send my love to Reading LGBTQI Community xxxx”

Helen Jacobson

“All possible kind thoughts of condolence to the families and friends of James, Joe and David. Your pain must be unimaginable but the love shown here and elsewhere makes it easier to imagine how much you have lost. #Readingtogether”

Kim

“God bless you James Furlong, Joe Richie-Bennett and David Wails.

Rest in Peace. So Sad to lose good kind people.”

“heartfelt condolences for the families of the deceased. We are with you and we will all get through these difficult times together. Together we stand against all forms of terrorism. We keep the fond memories of the loved ones we lost by staying strong and expressing our solidarity”

Nish and Orsi

“I would like to send my prayers to those affected … I no longer live in Reading but my heart as always stayed…

Please Lord hold those young Men in your arms and help those who are trying to rebuild their lives”

Mrs Maxine Campbell

“My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 3 men who lost their lives RIP. My family all lit candles on their doorsteps at 7.00pm on Saturday evening and said a prayer in rememberance.”

Margaret

“We were so shocked at what happened to James, Joe and Richie. Friends of mine worked with James and said what a lovely man he was. Our thoughts go out to all who knew them, they all sound like wonderful members of the community and it’s so tragic that their lives were taken so soon.”

Laura, Alex and Mabel

“Canon John O’Shea, from St James Catholic Church, in the Forbury wishes the three families to know that he and the catholic community in Reading will continue to pray for James, Joe and Richie and their families and friends. We have established a special place of prayer in St James church with the three names next to the Easter Candle.”

Canon John O’Shea, St James RC Church

“So sorry to hear of the tragic deaths of Joe James and David may they rest in peace. Sincere condolences to all their families.”

May Reid and family Dublin

“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of all who was involved.”

Hannah

“Three precious lives taken too soon. All my love to your friends, families and the people of Reading.”

“To the families of these three wonderful young men, I am so sorry for your loss. To the Reading LGBTQI community – I send love and support from Australia.”

LF

“Cruelly taken from the world, you will live on in everyone’s memory and affection. As a former Berkshire resident, this vile act found a special chord in my heart. Our thoughts and prayers come to you all, David, Joe and James, and your families and friends, from Merimbula in Australia. With Love …”

Paul & Anna

“Rest in peace, gentlemen. You were taken from this world far too soon.

My condolences to your families and friends, students, colleagues and all those affected by tragedy and horror of that Saturday evening in the heart of our town.”

Seonaid H.

“Deepest condolences to the families and friends. There are no words to adequately describe such a senseless loss of life. We will remember them and go forward with compassionate and open hearts, in their memory.”

Jane

“May you all rest it peace, you will never be forgotten, thoughts too all the families. Xxxxx”

“Not from Reading but wanted to send our condolences. Our thoughts and Prayers go out for you and your Family and Friends. May you Rest in Peace.”

Chris and Teresa from Chester

“Remembering the three gentlemen who so tragically were taken from this life. Those who were injured and recovering.
Prayers and thoughts are with you.”

Deborah

“My thoughts and prayers are with them the people that got stabbed and the three men who have died James,Joe and David and my thoughts are with them and there families and friends god bless them all and keep them in my prayers.”

Jess fisher

“To James, David and Joseph- I’m so sorry that this cruel act happened to the three of you. As close friends you will fly high and will rest together in perfect peace xxx
Sending all my heartfelt love, condolences and thoughts with all the family and friends who knew and loved James, David and Joseph xx

Kate Allen

“Our town lost 3 valuable members of the community. You will be missed, but never forgotten.”

Tom Mitchell

“My thoughts are with all of the victims and their loved ones. I still can’t believe this horrific attack happened. So sorry for all affected x”

Clare Docherty

“So saddened by such a tragedy in our lovely town of Reading. Our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of the three very gentle people taken away so sadly. We really can’t adequately express our horror and dismay.”

Harji and Madhuri Sachania

“Words cannot describe the pain and grief that James, Joe and David’s families, relatives and friends are going through.

Please accept my sincere condolences during this very difficult time.”

Jeanette

“Sending love and prayers for the young men and their friends and families.”

Susan G

“May you never be forgotten. Thoughts are with all those that mourn your loss.”

“Our condolences and prayers with families.

R. I. P.”

S Fuad

“Our thoughts are with you.”

Karen and Adrian Ross

“Rainbows are stronger than blades.
R.I.P.”

Ian

“I lived in Reading for the better part of over 20 years and although moving on last year I still see it as my home in the UK. Shocked to hear of this attack. My thoughts are with the families of those killed.”

Luke Grove

“With solidarity, heartfelt sympathies and condolences from all at UNISON West Berkshire local government branch.”

James Gore (Jt Branch Secretary)

“Sending my heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of 3 victims and those who witnessed this horrendous incident. They sounded like lovely, kind people. I really don’t know what to write, I didn’t know these lovely men but wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Anna

“As a member of the emergency services, I was there with James right at the end. The situation rocked our world to its core. I will never forget your name James Furlong. Rest in peace.”

“RIP”

“David, Joe and James- Reading will always be at a loss for what you had yet to contribute to us as our united community in years to come… but we stand here today, ever so much richer for the history that you wove into the fabric of our town’s lives whilst you were amongst us… Rest In Peace gentle souls and know each of you will never be forgotten in the heart and soul of this town…”

Cllr Karen Rowland, Abbey ward

“To the three who so sadly lost their lives, the injured, the members of public who have to live with the horror they witnessed and to our emergency services who put their lives at risk to protect their public. Reading stands in solidarity with you.”

Chris

“Condolences to family and friends may the memories of your loved ones live on xx”

Linda and Dean

“There are no words that can express how tragic and devestating last Saturday’s events were. This week we have learned about the brilliant, funny, kind and beautiful men who lost their lives. I send love and strength to all those close to them and want them to know that their memory will live on in all our hearts forever. XXXX”

Elaine Phipps

“To the families… you have done your boys so proud to stand together in unity, dignity and humour. I imagine this support is the reason why they will be missed so much for the men that they were amongst our community.

Remember the good times and be kind to yourselves. Tears are just love leaving our bodies. God bless xxx”

The Morrisseys

“My love and support to all the families and friends of all those killed and injured with special thoughts to all pupils and staff at the Holt school, you must devastated, I was a pupil there.x”

Celia eggleton nee

“So sorry this happened to you x RIP”

RTC

“All our thoughts and love go out to the victims and their families at this terrible and tragic time. RIP.”

Gillie

“Will miss your wit you always light the room when you came in it.”

Steve

“Rip 3 great lovley guyz that will sadly be missed love and respect.”

Daniel Stannard

“In our thoughts & prayers. You will always stay in the hearts of all those who knew & loved you.”

Rosemary

“The forbury three will never be forgotten taken far too early in such a tragic event, may they rest in peace.”

Kirsty Sawyer-bond

“My thoughts are with James,Joe and David’s family at this heartbreaking time. The world has lost three incredible and beautiful people. Sending all my love to you all. We shall never forget them !”

Laura Campbell

“So so sad. Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and with your family and friends. As is the rest of our beautiful town.”

Nick and family

“Very sad for everyone and specially painful for the families. I hope and pray the Lord this will not happen again. I have the victims and their families in my prayers. R.I.P.”

Alberto

“I knew David as a student back in the 90s when we were introduced by my then boyfriend, and later we were housemates for a while. He was a great listener, a good friend and he helped me a lot. I have only happy memories of him. My thoughts are with his family and friends and the families and friends of James and Joe. RIP David, James and Joe. Xxx”

Louise Morgan

“Such a sad loss. For the families and the town of Reading. Rest in Peace.”

1871

“We need to grieve those we lost, comfort those in pain and never forget the fragility of our lives. Reading will stand strong, together.

My thoughts go out to the families of those killed, injured or personally affected by this attack on our town. We are all with you.”

Vikki

“A weeks passed, but you will never be forgotten , fly high and spread those wings.
So many people loved you, rest in peace.”

Heidi wright

“I didn’t know you James, Joe and David but I feel so much upset and grief for your untimely departure from this world. I hope that you are in peace and your beautiful souls live on wherever you are. Rest in peace.”

Natalie Harrington

“James, it seems like only yesterday we where playing snooker in the back room at Grandmas house or watching TV in the front room. I still can’t believe you have gone. I take comfort in all the post I read of what an amazing man you have grown up to be. Someone who is well respected and liked by so many people. I will love you always cousin.

My heart goes out to the family of Joe and David. In time it will get easier, for now stay strong we are all in this together

Shelley Craine

“To the families and friends of James, Joe & David, my deepest sympathies are with you.

Since the attack I have been thinking of these three men and how heartbreaking it is that their lives were taken prematurely. A true waste of life and it’s clear these three were the kindest of souls.

May they all rest in peace, my thoughts are with you all

xxx”

Kyle Stoney-Channon

“May those who died rest in peace and those who mourn be comforted. And may all of us work to build a world where such hate has no place.”

Liz Ratcliffe

“My thoughts are with you all and I send all my love to the people who lost a loved one.”

“Have always considered the people of Reading to be the best of neighbours. All my love and sympathy for those the victims and their families.”

Graham

“R.I.P Thoughts are with families and friends lost such good people so sorry.

For your loss hope each day will get a little bit bitter for you”s They say time will heal memories live on,”

Julia Kilcoyne Maidenhead

“Taken, but never to be forgotten.

Rest in peace.”

Micky Leng

“Our hearts go out to the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy.”

Cathy Doberska

“Reading will heal. What a crazy world we live in today. We are stronger than all that brings us down. Together we can repair the world.

Tikkun Olam”

Charlie

“So sad at the events of last weekend. Mr Furlong was a teacher at the school I used to go to many years ago so made it seem more real. My thoughts and prayers are with all their families and friends.”

Lori

“My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this terrible event.”

Cllr Marc Brunel-Walker – Bracknell Forest Council

“Dear James, Joe and David. We will always remember the best of you and keep you in our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers. Reading was blessed to have you in our lives.”

Martin Oliver

“Still cant believe this happened in our town.
We didnt know any of you but hopefully your all enjoying yourselves up their, where you can be safe and together.
RIP xx
Love Claire and Sue

Claire and Sue

“My deepest condolences to the family, partners and friends touched by this tragedy.
David, James and Jo sit vobis terra levis

Daniele L.

“My thoughts are with the families and friends of Joe, James and David at this hard time . My thoughts are also with everyone in Reading.”

Karen

“So terribly tragic. Good, kind men taken far too soon. May you rest in eternal peace. x”

Karen

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Karen – Manchester

“Rest in peace, O men of Reading. Thank you for all the love you showed others. Sorry you had to die so soon.”

Carol Atkins

“Such a waste of lives. My sincerest condolences to the family and friends of the 3 innocent men.”

Colin Newman

“Just three friends enjoying the sunshine. I’m so sorry. Rest peacefully.”

Clare

“My love and thoughts go out to the family, friends and colleagues of David, James and Joe.”

Heather Wild

“RIP. So sad.”

Lucy

“3 lives taken much too soon rest in peace.”

Jane

“I work in Reading and I am so heartbroken at this, love to all the families”

S

“So sorry. My heart breaks over this.”

“My heart aches for the three men who lost their lives too soon. And for their family and friends. May they rest in peace.”

Rachel C

“Irreplaceable loss. My daughter truly respected her teacher and we feel the loss of James and his friends who were so very loved. May God give their families, and all left behind to mourn, the courage to keep their lights burning bright. Rest in peace till we all meet again. Amen.”

Ngozi

“Your lives have been short but the memories will live long.”

Lisa Hawkins

“With all our thoughts and love , this was a tragic , cruel and senseless act. Stay safe, keep strong, we are all with you. Take care.”

DMW

“God bless you all. Sitting with friends in a park on a balmy night. For all the families please know those you have lost are in our prayers. Gone for now. United in eternity when we meet again.”

Janet a Mum from Manchester

“Blessings to you all – simply unbelievable that this can happen x”

Kelly

“We were deeply saddened by the tragedy last Saturday. All our thoughts and prayers are with all who were affected by this horrible act.”

Maximilian, Yelena and Andrei

“No words to describe what’s happened, rip to all the victims and lots of love and prayers to their families.”

Erica Reddin

“We are so saddened by what happened to you and our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved you. Rest in peace.”

“Impossible to express our horror at the tragedy in Forbury Gardens – a happy and significant place for Reading. Our heartfelt condolences to all the families and friends and everyone who has been affected by this dreadful experience and the ongoing trauma and grief.”

Liz and Jim

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all it’s sad this happened in our Town we love.”

Anthony Langridge

“We are so saddened by what happened to you and our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved you. Rest in peace.”

Debbie

“1 week since you were all cruely taken may you all fly high RIP xx”

T Williams

“I’m struggling to find words to write here. After witnessing the awful attack that took place, I am extremely saddened for the loss of the lives that were taken far too soon in such an awful way. Though I did not know James, Joe or David personally they will forever be in my heart and the tragic event will be something i carry with me throughout the rest of my life.
My sincere condolences go out to anyone that has been affected and those who’s lives were sadly lost along with the families whose lives have been changed forever. Rest in peace xx”

“My thoughts and prayers are with you all it’s said this happened in our Town we love.”

Anthony Langridge

“We are so saddened by what happened to you and our thoughts are with everyone who knew and loved you. Rest in peace.”

Debbie

“1 week since you were all cruelly taken may you all fly high RIP xx”

T williams

“A shocking tragedy on a summer’s day. You are all in my prayers. God Bless.”

Davina

“Stay strong my friends. Live, work, love, support and comfort each other. Try to stay positive and choose not to be bitter-that will only dampen your spirit. Focus on what we all have in common and not what separates us. Concentrate on what will make this a better world for everyone. To the survivors, families and friends : Ask God
for the Grace, courage, strength, hope and peace to sustain you. May the souls of the faithful departed Rest in Peace. Amen.”

Jerry & Margie Kearns

“So sad to hear that 3 people lost their life so soon in such a horrible way thoughts are with their friends and family may you all R I P”

Lisa

“Joe and James, although I only knew you a short time my heart is broken, but I shall remember the way you both made me laugh out loud and Joe the lovely stories you shared about your holidays with Ian. I shall remember our last walk the Sunday before with very fond memories. Take care of each other xx love and thoughts with all three families at this very sad time.”

Jayne

“Thinking of you all and your families at this terrible time. May your strength and happy memories of times together help you through to a brighter future.”

Chris Howard

“I crossed the path of David and Joe multiple times since I started to date James and they were lovely men. David was always up for a laugh with Joe and James at the Blagrave when I was visiting Reading.

I had more opportunities to spend time with Joe as he was James’ best friend in Reading. He was always warm and welcoming. He was a great story tellers and his stories were always exhilarating. If you wanted fun and chill around one or more drinks, Joe was the person to go to. Life did not do him any favor, but he kept being a great entertainer and savoring any moment that life brought to him.

I present my sincere condolence to the families, the friends and the colleagues who shared the life of these two lovely individual. You will be missed but surely not forgotten.

I met David and Joe through James. James was a wonderful thoughtful caring partner and our time together filled me with joy and fantastic memories. He was living only to please people and to make them better. James not only brought joy to everyone who crossed his path but he also fought against all sort of dogma. He taught his students how to become independent thinkers and tolerant and respectful citizens. James was the living example of what the goal of education should be. He will not be forgotten and we will make sure his legacy will last for a very long time.
James, every one loved you and I am very proud to have shared the life of such an extraordinary person. You will be missed by your family, your friends, your colleagues, your students and, of course, by me.
Love you loads
XxXxXx”

Tony Belicard

“A tragic, tragic waste of three lives. Personally devastating to those to whom they were in any way close, but we are all lessened by their absence, and what they have and would have contributed to the benefit of others. Unimaginable what their last moments must have been like. With grateful thanks for their contributions to their communities, personal and professional, and profound sadness that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Rosalind

“Shocked and saddened by these senseless murders. Three human beings who enhanced life for others, taken from the world. My heart goes out to their friends and families whose lives will never be the same again.”

Jill

“Dear James, Joe and David

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away to the next room.
I am I and you are you.
Whatever we were to each other,
That, we still are.

Call me by my old familiar name.
Speak to me in the easy way
which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed
at the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me. Pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word
that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect.
Without the trace of a shadow on it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same that it ever was.
There is absolute unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind
because I am out of sight?

I am but waiting for you.
For an interval.
Somewhere. Very near.
Just around the corner.

All is well.

Nothing is past; nothing is lost. One brief moment and all will be as it was before only better, infinitely happier and forever we will all be one together with Christ.

Henry Scott Holland”

Caroline Gowlett

“My deepest sympathies to the friends and families of the three. I can’t adequately express my horror and dismay.”

Lisa

“Mr Furlong was an amazing teacher and I’m so grateful to have been taught by him. His passion inspired me to take on history further and I will be forever grateful. You will be sorely missed. My thoughts go out to all loved ones of the victims.”

Frankie Horn

“Deepest Sympathy to all the families and friends of the three gentlemen on their sad loss. MTDSRIP. Will never be forgotten.”

Margaret D.

“So sorry for everyone affected by this horrible attack especially the families of those who died, the injured and those witnessing the event and its aftermath. Many thanks to all those who responded from the public and emergency services Reading is a good natured resilient diverse town which I am privileged to live in.”

Louise (Dominian)

“It is devastating thinking of your loss of life in the sun and tranquility of Forbury Gardens.”

Melanie

“Love to all left with the pain of this tragedy.”

Trevor Lynch

“Heartfelt and sincerest condolences to the families of those poor lads who lost their lives in this senseless attack in my home town of Reading. My prayers come to you from Florence, Italy.”

Nora

“Rest in peace you will never be forgotten.”

Jo

“Such tragic and senseless loss. Losing three vibrant lives in this brutal and barbaric way was truly shocking. An indictment of our society sadly? Touched personally by the news, my daughter a pupil in James’s class, he inspired her and renewed her waining attention, turned around she began to excel, he was testimony of her success. Missed, never forgotten.”

Keith, Hazel and Scarlett Power

“My Love and Condolences to the families and friends of the victims as well as to the greater LGBT community in Reading. I am concerned that this has been labelled a terrorist-related incident, something liable to incite hatred against those no more guilty than being of a different religion or culture! I am confident that this will not apply in Reading, a town for which the word “diversity” was invented!”

Eddie Winship

“I have been a member of this community since the early 80’s I am heartbroken over this tragic incident. May the boys Rest in Peace, I send a BIG distant man hug to all families and other Friends affected by this. Please seek help if you are deeply affected by this. To Marc and everyone at the Blenheim I am thinking of you all and the wider community.”

Paul Hutton

“May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.”

Vincent from Bastille day Reading

“While I never had the privilege to meet James, my daughters were greatly enriched by his teaching and having such a positive, inspiring influence in their life. I’m so thankful for all James did for my daughters and others during his tragically short life. My deepest sympathies to the families and friends of James, Joe and David.”

Frank Parry

“Deepest sympathies. I cannot adequately express my horror.”

Next Glover

“God bless you all xxx”

LW

“Sending prayers and love to the families of the three men who clearly were wonderful men. Please take some comfort and strength from the outpouring of love being sent to you all at this terrible time.”

“Rest in peace to James Furlong, Joe Ritchie-Bennett and David Wails. Mr Furlong was the most incredible teacher I’ve ever had. He was so passionate about his subject and taught us not only about history but about politics, LGBTQ+ rights, mental health and more. He was kind, funny, enthusiastic and made a positive impact on every student he taught. He will be missed greatly by everyone at Holt. All three of the victims were taken too soon and are loved and cherished by so many.”

Daniela Bertolino

“Sincere condolences to the families of those who were lost to this senseless violence.”

Annie O’Neill

“Feel so sorry for the daily and friends who has lost this Gem. May he rest in peace.”

Divyanshi Dahiya

“Heartfelt condolences to the families of all victims.

We feel your pain and your loss. Together we make a stand against all forms of terrorism. They shall not win.

Our wishes are with you”

N & O

“Their souls will live on in the hearts of those they left behind. May they rest in eternal peace together.”

Pauline

“Absolutely shocked that this could happen to three lovely guys just enjoying an evening in the park.

My sincere condolences to their families and all who knew them.”

Glenys Hutchinson

“Such a senseless attack on innocent people. Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of those lost – thinking of you all.”

Val

“May God rest their souls in peace and also give their family the strength to go through this unprecedented situation.

Love and unity is what we have left when we face the loss of our families.”

Alin

“RIP, I am so sorry that this has happened, may God be with you.”

Bob Pond

“Our thoughts are with the families of the dear men lost in the sad tragedy of last Saturday. God bless you all.”

David and Jill Lonsdale

“God rest James, Joe and David, and God bless those who were bereaved, injured or traumatised by this horrific event. Thanks to the Police and emergency services who responded so magnificently… Love and prayers to everyone who has been affected by this appalling tragedy.”

Mary

“My condolences to you all. Sorry for your losses. Sad to hear of this awful tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Ghazala and family

“My deepest sadness and that of my family at the loss of the valuable lives for utterly senseless reasons. I would like to convey our heartfelt condolence to the loved ones of those wonderful people, whose lives were taken away so soon.”

P. K. Chakraverty. MBE

“Our thoughts are with you and all your families at this very sad time. RIP”

“So saddened with this untimely loss of life

You are all in our hearts thoughts and prayers

RIP”

Vanessa Pearce

“Taken far too soon. Much love to your family and friends at this sad time.”

Jan

“My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God bless you all.”

Sarah Godwin

“My thought with families of victims. It’s unfortunate to loss precious life like that. Rest in Peace.”

Vandana

“Heartfelt condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. May God Rest their Soul in Peace and give courage to the families to overcome the tragedy they have gone through.”

Rukiaya Lookmanjee

“My deepest condolences to the families and friends. Can’t imagine the pain you are going through. Lots of love”

Mariam

“It is so shocking that something like this would happen in Reading and innocent, good people would lose their life so unfairly and unreasonably.. My heart goes out to the victims’ families and friends, this must be immensely hard and devastating, especially during times like these. May the victims rest in peace.”

“May they rest in peace. Our prayers are always with their families and close ones.”

gowri

“I’m in shock that this senseless attack could happen in our community. James, Joe and David sound such lovely men who were making a positive contribution to the community and society. May their legacy live on and be a force for good in our diverse town of Reading. Sincere condolences to all their families and friends. “

Kellie F

“I can only express my sympathy and sorrow to the friends and families of James, Joe and David and hope they are surrounded by love at this time.

Just the knowledge of what happened on that Saturday evening in our town will affect many people for years to come and it will never be forgotten.

Love Unites.”

Charlotte

“Heartbroken for the lives that were cut short so tragically on Sat 20 June. We will always remember you.”

Claudia

“Praying for victim’s families to find peace in their hearts and minds. Our condolences for the lost lives”

Rehan family

“Our thoughts are with all those bereaved and injured. We are a strong town whose many diverse communities support one another firmly. That will get us through this sad time.”

Robert Dimmick (Mayor 1991-2)

“My heartfelt condolences to all the families who have lost loved ones. Though apart, virtually, we are together. Together we stand.”

Ebenezer.

“Thinking of the 3 victims and their families. You will not be forgotten”

“What a tragic waste of lives”

Wendy

“Rest in peace, you did not deserve what happened to you x”

Sarah

“I am truly sorry for those who have lost a part of themselves through the loss of James, David and Joe. Stay strong x”

Rachel

“RIP darling joe we are going to miss you so much, thanks for all the wonderful memories xx”

Mandy

“May you be at peace”

“My thoughts and prayers are with all that have been affected by this cruel attack on lives in Reading. We will all stand together to honour all.”

Carla

“My thoughts and prays go out to the families and friends and colleagues of the 3 men who died. I am finding it so hard to take in this happened in my town. I hope you receive the love and support you need at this difficult and confusing time, which much love xxxx”

Siobhan

“Our thoughts are with all the family’s who are grieving at this moment.”

“Terrible… never thought I would see this in Reading. RIP to those who lost their lives and my thoughts go out to all those impacted by this tragedy.”

“My sincere condolences to the family and friends of those who lost their lives. This was a senseless act of sudden and extreme violence against friends enjoying an evening together. My heart goes out to those who have lost someone they loved. I know it will be a long time before they can begin to recover from such a loss. Reading is a friendly and tolerant place to live and I hope these dreadful murders do not affect how our diverse communities live together.”

Mairead

“With deepest sympathy to all three families at your tragic loss. May they rest in peace”

Sue

“Sorry, so sorry RIP”

“My heart goes out to the family and friends of all those involved in the incident, I am standing strong to support you all at this difficult time.”

Sebastian Cockburn

“A truly devastating loss to our community. We will never forget the day our hearts were broken along with the families who have lost loved ones. Our community has a renewed desire to be unified and live our lives without fear. rest in peace”

Peter Sloman

“May your souls rest in peace”

Natalia

“My thoughts go to all family and friends of these innocent victims.”

Jane

“Joe, James and David,

words cannot express the sorrow and pain we are feeling right now. you guys had no idea how much you were loved by so many.

I hope you guys are together drinking and having fun (Joe, I hope Ian was there to great you)

I’m so glad I got to know you all, while working In my brothers pub.

Joe you became my friend, I am so happy that I got to know you, you had the most infectious smile and made everyone you met feel happy. there’s not many people that can make an impact on people… you were the rare one. xxx

all three of you were wonderful individuals that will be missed by so many.

I hope your family and all your friends get the justice you all deserve.

Fly high you beautiful souls… you guys will never ever be forgotten.”

xoxo Leah xoxo

“After knowing one of the Victims for many years it is easy to say he was an inspiration and showed true passion. His words of advice will forever be a guide. Times will be different from now on without them. I can’t begin to imagine the pain their families are being put through, my prayers go out to everyone who has been effected by this shocking event.”

sm

“Nothing can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, especially one lost through such a tragic event. Our thoughts and wishes are with everyone who has lost someone, been injured or affected by this senseless tragedy. Time heals all wounds, especially when a community comes together to support one another.

Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this terrible time. The people of Reading will always be here to love and support you. xxx”

Caitlin

“My deepest condolences go out to the families and friends of those who senselessly lost their lives and were injured in the Forbury Gardens. I am so sorry, you are in my thoughts and prayers.”

Anton

“Love to all that lost loved ones on this terrible day.

Strength to all those injured in anyway.”

Gillie

“i feel sad for the friends and families of the victims of saturdays attack”

“I have lived in Reading all my life and feel deeply sad and upset after the senseless murders that took place last Saturday in The Forbury. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the families and partners of these three men whose lives were so cruelly taken. RIP”

“Love and condolences to the victims and their families. We are with you.”

Elliot

“So sad this happened in our hometown, thoughts are with those recovering and the families of those who lost their lives may all 3 gentlemen rest in peace x”

Lydia

“I didn’t have the pleasure of knowing the three wonderful guys

But I hope you’re in a safe happy place forever”

Karen

“When someone we love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. May the souls of those who lost their lives so tragically Rest In Peace”

Keith Lawrence

“I feel so deeply for each family’s loss and the impact it has on friends and the wider community. It’s just terribly painful and sad and I’m so sorry. I hope you find the strength and support you need at this time and beyond.”

“My heart goes out to all those affected by the tragedy last Saturday”

Elaine

“Our heartfelt condolences to the family. May God give strength to all during these tough times. Take care”

Shan & Lekha

“Heartfelt Sadness, thinking of you and all affected by this tragic event. Much Love”

Susan

“James,

What a nice person you were! I am now sorry I didn’t get to know you better. You, as well as Joe and David, have become a further reason – if any further were needed – to engage more with the community, in the illusion – maybe – to contribute and make tragedies like yours less frequent.”

Jacopo

“RIP, our thoughts are with you now and always.”

Alan

“My heart goes out to all victims family.”

Baazir

“Such a terrible thing to happen so close to home. Saying a prayer for you all and your loved ones and friends.”

Louise

“Words cannot express our heartache. It is now in our hands to create a better world for all. James, Joe and David you will be a lasting part of that better world.”

The Braines

“I am truly sorry for your loss, my condolences go out to all those families who have lost loved ones in tragic events such as the forbury gardens case and others. My prey’s are with you all.”

Tracey

“My Heart and prayers go out to all the family member’s that have lost a loved one or is caring for an injured loved one. There is no words when such a thing is done to not only the died and injured but the families, the community as a whole. I am sending as much healing love as I can to the whole committee. Lots a gentle love and hugs from The Netherlands”

Joni Gallagher Alblas

“My heart goes out to the friends and family of the victims of this tragic incident.

May you find the strength to help you with the pain and Feelings of loss.

RIP, never forgotten.”

Debbie

“My love goes out to the family and friends of those affected. Words cannot express what an absolute loss this is. Hopefully we can all stand strong together as one community.”

Sahra

“My thoughts and prayers are with all who have been affected by the attack sending prayers to the families and friends of the victims”

Lisa Mendy

“If I could ease all of your pain I would on hearing the news of the precious loss of lives. Just wanted to offer you my hand in love to give you the strength to help heal this tragic situation. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.”

Trisha

“Absolutely devastated this happened on our doorstep. 3 innocent lives lost and families shattered. My thoughts and prayers are with you.”

Asim

“My heartfelt condolences to the families & friends.

This is such a tragedy….My thoughts and prayers for all affected & feeling the pain.

#Readingtogether”

Lydia

“Reading will never forget, the families of the lost will always be in our hearts. We stand with you in your grief , xx”

Shelley

“My sincere condolences to all those affected by the recent horrific events.

I stand in solidarity with my community, and hope and pray that peace returns to our town very soon. Stronger together!”

Dr Sabina Hameed

“No Words Needed thoughts and prayers to your families

R.I.P. May you all have a safe journey home to heaven”

Madelaine Sweeney

“I cannot imagine the pain and horror that those who knew the individuals harmed or killed are going through when we all at this time found pleasure and comfort in meeting those we could in communal spaces like Forbury Gardens. I hope we can all come together as a community to care and look out for one another.”

Irena

“So sad and still shocked by horrific events last week.My heart goes out to the families of these three wonderful men and we will never forget them they will always be in our hearts RIP XXX”

Christine Prouton

“So saddened to hear about this tragedy. A great loss to our community. My deepest condolences to all the family and friends.”

Aliea

“My husband & I were appalled to hear of such a terrible tragedy, loosing 3 Reading residents who were only out enjoying the lovely sunshine at the time. Our hearts go out to the victims & their families. Let’s hope that this never happens again !”

From a concerned Reading resident

“Rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your loved ones.”

Maria

“Sincere condolences to the grieving families and friends of David, Joe and James whose precious lives were stolen from them.

May the people whose lives they touched be part of their legacy.”

Ade

“My deepest sympathies are with the families and friends of everyone affected by this horrific event.

Believe me when I say that Readings heart is aching.

Sending love xxx”

Kat

“I pray for peace for those who lost their lives so innocently, suddenly and tragically. For those who mourn their loss, may you have comfort from the memory of their lives on yours.”

“My thoughts are with everyone affected with this atrocity.

So so sad.”

Ronnie

“Sincere Condolences to all the families affected”

K.Charles

“Friends enjoying the sunshine & making the best of the lockdown. I can’t believe this happened in our beautiful town & in one of its beautiful green spaces. Your lives have been senselessly robbed. Love & strength to your family, friends, colleagues, students. Rest in peace Reading’s Angels xx”

Rachel J

“Sending my deepest sympathy to all affected by what happened. Between families, friends and the community, you will be forever in our thoughts.”

Jay

“My heart goes out to the families that have lost a loved one.

And to all the people who had to witness this horrible attack.

Stay strong and my thoughts are with you all. Xx”

Natalie

“Words of comfort cannot replace a loved one no matter how heartfelt they may be. Its my hope that this will make our community stronger in defiance of those who would do us harm.”

“Life sometimes is so unfair and bad… My husband and I pray for your souls and your families.

Condolences for the sad loss, we are close to you all.”

Rita & Sal

“My deepest condolences to everyone affected by this tragedy. May peace and prosperity be in Reading’s future.”

Salem

“I join with the Reading community in reaching out and expressing my deep sadness and sympathy to the innocent victims and their families.”

“I am shocked and so sad for those who were attacked and all their family and friends.

I wonder how these incidents still continue to happen.

I also recall a quote I heard recently “Hurt people – hurt people”.

The person who did this, did a terrible thing, but when/if you feel able to, they also need our prayers.”

Christine

“Absolutely devastating to see this happen so close to home. Sincere condolences for the 3 lives lost. Rest in peace.”

Shazia Fazal

“A very sad situation. Rest in Peace.
#ReadingTogether”

“Our deepest condolences to our friends Joe and James along with their dear friend David. From Andy and Jackie, Galway, Ireland.”

Jackie James

“My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families on this very saddening news. May you all Rest In Peace.”

Kina B

“Sleep well ina better world than this one x”

“There are no words that anyone can say to express how horrible and senseless this was. My prayers are with you and your family.
The people of Reading will never forget”

Jenny

“Sending love to those affected by this attack. We are all here to support you.”

J

“To the dear family, friends and colleagues of these men who were sadly taken far too soon. Sending you my love at this very difficult time.
They will never be forgotten.”

Cheryl & Dave

“I’m really heart broken when I listen to the incident and I pray for them and there families to bring the hope and peace.

RIP

Miraque and Family”

Mohammed Miraque Badurdeen

“Rest in Peace Guys. Sincere condolences to all the families and friends. This was a senseless attack and you will always be remembered.”

Paul

“My heart goes out to all victims family at this difficult time.”

M.Leciejewska

“In profound sorrow for the victims of this attack, their loved ones and their friends. This is a terrible loss to the whole community.”

“Rest in peace taken from us to soon our hearts go out to your familys and friends who will miss you all x”

sarah ann robinson

“So sad my thoughts are with their families big hugs x”

Lorraine

“I am deeply saddened by the loss that you and your family have encountered. My condolences.”

Olga Suvorova

“I am so sorry for your loss. This is a terrible thing to have happened to you and those you love.”

Silvia Vousden

“Taken before your time. God keep you safe in heaven”

Jo smith

“Senseless loss of life.All the thoughts are with families involved.

RIP to all of them.Never forget”

Luan Berisha

“Absolutely horrified by this senseless act. My thoughts and prayers go out to their family, friends and loved ones. They will forever be in the hearts of the Reading people.”

Val ballingall

“RIP xx”

“Horrendous event, should not have happened.

Lets make sure never again!”

Allan

“My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their family. RIP.”

NK

“Everyone affected by these events are in my thoughts. I’m so sorry for your losses and traumatic experiences. Sending love to everyone.”

Christina

“losing someone close to you is the hardest thing but every moment you shared will always be there in your heart.”

J. Adams, Reading

“Praying for the families.

May tomorrow bring hope.”

David, Carol & Rachel Blencowe

“I offer my condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones in this incident.”

Mohammad Ashrafi

“RIP”

Dhurata

“So sorry for the lost and pain caused to all, family, friends and all community in general regarding this horrible incident!”

Cris Thoseby

“I did not know you, but you were all tremendous men living your best life in a beautiful place. Sending love to the friends and loved ones, and may you rest in peace xx”

Sue

“Heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased. I love you and pray for you in this difficult time.”

Oyinda

“Rest In Peace Guys. This should never have happened. Sincere condolences to all the families and friends of those so tragicaly taken from us.”

David Rush

“This senseless attack will affect our community in Reading forever. You will never be forgotten.

May you forever rest in peace and rise in glory.”

Michele K

“May your souls rest in peace”

Bernarda

“Senseless, devastating”

Tina Reynolds

“Praying for you all.”

Caroline

“So sorry you lost your lives thinking of you all and your family’s.”

Sheila

“My thoughts go out to all the families who lost their loved ones on this tragic day.”

Hayley Mozley

“Horrified by the senseless attack and murder of three innocent people. Reading is with you and will remember you.”

“Thinking of you and holding you in the Light.”

Leslie Wilson

“I’m still in shock that this senseless attack could happen in our community. My thoughts are with the family and friends of those who died. My hope is that our community will continue to unite in support of each other.”

Amanda

“May your souls rest in eternal peace.xx”

Maggie

“Thinking of all the family and friends of the three men who were so tragically taken. Your loss is unimaginable.”

Ruth King

“Rest in peace to the three victims of this dreadful attack. Reading is strong and we stand together in our diversity. Love will always triumph over hate.”

Abby King

“So sorry that beautiful afternoon and evening was cut short. Best wishes to all families and friends of those who were killed or injured. Reading stands with you”

Helen

“RIP guys – your lives should not have been ended like this. Reading will never forget. XXX”

“We send all our love at such a heart breaking time. x”

Jacqui & family

“I am so sorry you lost your life like this. My condolences and prayers to all your family and friends. RIP guys”

Kirsten Weaver

“My heart goes out to your family and friends at this sad time.”

Jeannette Beynon

“Its totally unimaginable the loss you are experiencing.

I hope you can, in time, begin to heal from the hurt and shocking event that led to your pain.

The town of Reading is standing with you.

I’ll sign my condolence with the famous words of American poet and activist Maya Angelou

“Love recognises no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope”.”

Abi Darko

“Today and always, may loving memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength”

Reading West

“Thinking of these men whose lives were taken so unexpectedly and traumatically. Your families and friends will never forget you. Many ordinary folk like me in Reading will also remember your wasted lives and how much you would have gone on to do. Reading salutes you and a proud.”

Kathryn

“Solidarity with the families of the victims and everyone else affected by this act of barbarity. #ReadingTogether”

Kenny

“Our thoughts, prayers and love goes out to the families and friends of those who tragically passed at Forbury Gardens last Saturday. We hope these three great friends are reunited in peace. #ReadingTogether”

Anna and Sam

“To the 3 of you ,

James , Joe and David

We are sorry that your lives ended the way they have through no fault of your own, enjoying the sunshine and being with friends

This should never ever of happened

We pass our condolences to all your families and your friends at this time”

Natasha , Sophia , Chloe and Macen

“Remembering those 3 innocent men who sadly lost their lives. It has shocked so many local people and students. Sending love and positive thoughts to the family’s and friends who now have to come to terms with the devastation, the actions of one individual has inflicted on so many.”

Katie

“You were all 3 of you taken far to soon.

You are now gods good hands.we will never forget you all.”

Paul king / This is Reading

“Rest In Peace to the 3 men whose lives were brutally taken from them. God bless Reading. Stay strong”

Laura

“My heart broke when I heard the news. Such an awful, spineless thing to happen in our community. I live in Reading myself, and never would I have thought Forbury Gardens would be the place of an attack like this. My heart goes out to everyone affected, and to people who have lost someone. This shouldn’t have happened. Rest in Peace to the three lovely men sitting in the park that day. X”

J Butler

“My deepest sympathy goes out to all the family and friends of the those who tragically lost their lives.”

Lisa

“Sending love and light to all the good folk of Reading. It’s a tough time at the moment, but we’re tough people and we’ll make it through. Strength and the biggest virtual hug to the friends and families of James, Joe and David – I’m so sorry for your losses. Solidarity and good wishes to the rest of you; we are Reading and we’ll not be beaten by this. x

Zoë B

“I knew all three from the Blagrave and all lovely people and a big loss to the community”

Amy Adams

“We will not forget you, and you made our community here in Reading a stronger, better place.

So sorry.”

Rachel Eden

“To the families of James, Joe & David

I didn’t know you sons but wanted to send you ALL my deepest condolences and lots of love and hugs.

Always remember:

they may be gone but they will NEVER be forgotten and will live on in your hearts forever”

Debbie

“My thoughts, prayers and love are with you at this very sad time. So sorry x”

Charlie

“James Furlong was my daughter’s GCSE history teacher and although I personally only crossed paths with him a handful of times at parents’ evenings, his warmth towards his students and passion for the subjects he taught, shone through. My daughter often repeated the funny things he said in class and there is no doubt that he ignited the keen interest she now has in history and politics.

My heart goes out to James’s family, friends and students and also to the loved ones of David Wails and Joe Ritchie-Bennett.

I hope all the family and friends these three friends leave behind can take some comfort in the love and support pouring in from the many people who’s lives have been enriched by them. xxx”

Maria

“To the families and friends of James, Joe and David, I did not know any of them but I’m so sorry for your loss.

They sound like such lovely men who were making a positive contribution to the community and society.

May their legacy live on and be a force for good in our lovely, diverse and peaceful town. Rest in Peace James, Joe and David.”

Gemma Williams

“Struggling with the words to write here. Sending all my love to everyone impacted in this horrific event. Reading strong”

nicolaz

‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’

Heather S

“Rest in Peace”

Malini

“In memory of James, Joe and David – three amazing men who individually and collectively gave so much to others, especially in the fields of history and the sciences. My daughters will never forget the ohenomenal impact James Furlong made to their lives.

Your names will live on, both in the hearts of your friends and family – and also in the townsfolk of Reading who mourn at your senseless murders.

Rest in peace.”

Lynda Bowyer

“Rest in peace those who lost their lives in such a despicable way. My thoughts are with all their families and friends. I love Reading for its diversity of people and believe that together we will get through these difficult times.

Peace & Love.”

“I know so many colleagues from TVP impacted by Saturdays tragic events but my sincere condolences go to the friends and family of the three victims tragically killed. May they all rest easy. RIP.”

George Wakelin