Ingrid Loyau-Kennett has emerged as the hero of the Woolwich attack. PHOTO: Twitter, @SiiBillamLaw (her son)
A 48 year-old mother of two is the hero of the Woolwich attack. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett saw the slain soldier on the ground from a bus. She got off to see if he was still alive and if she could help:
“Being a cub leader I have my first aid so when I saw this guy on the floor I thought it was an accident then I saw the guy was dead and I could not feel any pulse," Loyau-Kennett recounted to The Telegraph.
It was then that she realized that something very different was going on.
"And then when I went up there was this black guy with a revolver and a kitchen knife, he had what looked like butcher’s tools and he had a little axe, to cut the bones, and two large knives and he said 'move off the body," she described.
It is how Loyau-Kennett responded to this armed man, who had committed murder only minutes ago, that sets her apart:
"So I thought 'OK, I don’t know what is going on here’ and he was covered with blood. I thought I had better start talking to him before he starts attacking somebody else. I thought these people usually have a message so I said 'what do you want?'"
Loyau-Kennett said the man confessed to the soldier's slaying, and then declared, "I killed him because he killed Muslims."
"He was in full control of his decisions and ready to everything he wanted to do,"she described, contradicting some accounts that they were on drugs.
"We want to start a war in London tonight," Loyau-Kennett recalled one of the men saying.
Incredibly, Loyau-Kennett didn't simply nod and back away. She spoke to the men as a representative of the public.
I said 'right now it is only you versus many people, you are going to lose, what would you like to do?’ and he said I would like to stay and fight.”
The attacker then went to speak to someone else and Loyau-Kennett tried to engage with his accomplice.
“The other one was much shier and I went to him and I said 'well, what about you? Would you like to give me what you have in your hands?’ I did not want to say weapons but I thought it was better having them aimed on one person like me rather than everybody there, children were starting to leave school as well."
That, folks, is completely selfless behavior. Ingrik Loyau-Kennett figured she might as well be a single target of these ruthless killers than risk having them unleash on the crowd. Hopefully the world will be inspired by her, and not by the men she managed to talk down while the police arrived.