Posted on August 4, 2016

Florida Woman Killed in London Knife Attack

Jane Onyanga-Omara, USA Today, August 4, 2016

The woman stabbed to death in an attack on a street in the British capital was the wife of a Florida State University psychology professor, the university said Thursday in a statement.

Darlene Horton, the wife of Richard Wagner, was killed the day the university’s summer study abroad program ended.


Scotland Yard Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley identified the suspect as a Norwegian national of Somali ancestry. He said police had so far found no evidence of radicalization or anything that would suggest that he was motivated by terrorism.

Five people were injured in the attack–their nationalities are Australian, American, Israeli and British, Rowley said.

“Whilst the investigation is not yet complete–all of the work that we have done so far, increasingly points to this tragic incident as having been triggered by mental health issues,” he said.

“At this time we believe this was a spontaneous attack and the victims were selected at random.”

Police were called to reports of a man attacking people with a knife in Russell Square, near the British Museum in central London–an area visited by many tourists–at about 10.30 p.m. local time Wednesday. Officers arrived at the scene soon afterward and the 19-year-old suspect was tasered and taken to a hospital.


Two women and three men were injured in the attack. One of the victims, who suffered a stab wound to his stomach, remained in the hospital Thursday while the others had been discharged, police said.