A mother of two is being hailed as a hero after confronting one of the men who allegedly viciously butchered a young British soldier in broad daylight on the streets of London. The woman happened to be inside of a bus that stopped in front of the scene and seeing a man on the ground, she got out to see what she could do to help. Ingrid Loyau-Kennett is a former teacher and Brownie leader who knows first aid. At first, it looked like a car accident, as the soldier was crumpled near a smashed car. But it quickly became apparent that there was something much more sinister going on.
Ingrid walked over to the solider's body and saw a woman comforting him, but when she took his pulse, it was clear he was dead. Suddenly another man came over with a revolver in one hand, his hands stained with blood, and holding a meat cleaver. She told The Guardian:
I was not scared because he was not drunk, he was not on drugs. He was normal. I could speak to him and he wanted to speak and that's what we did.
Ingrid wanted to keep him calm as the man was quickly beginning to be surrounded by people, including children, and the police weren't there yet (some reports say it took them at least 20 minutes to arrive on scene). She asked him why he had killed the soldier. He said that he was Muslim and getting revenge for the Muslim women and children killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also said he wanted to "start a war" in London. She told him that police were on the way and that was a bad idea.
She then went to speak to the second man, an alleged accomplice, and asked for his knife. He refused. The first man approached again and Ingrid kept talking to him:
There were so many people around that I didn't want him to get scared or agitated. I kept talking to him to keep him occupied.
She told ITV's DayBreak:
I wanted him to concentrate on me and make sure he doesn't have a funny idea ... Unfortunately, there were more and more mothers with children stopping around, so it was even more important I talked to him and asked him what he wanted.
Soon police arrived and shot the two suspects, who are under arrest in a hospital. Ingrid doesn't have any regrets about putting herself in harm's way, saying, "Better me than a child."
It's unclear if the men had any intention of killing anyone else, but I know that the vast majority of people would not approach a bloodied man with a cleaver who had just butchered someone. Ingrid did it because she wanted to try and keep him calm so he wouldn't attack anyone else. She did it even if it meant losing her own life; leaving her own kids motherless. Unbelievable bravery. Unbelievable foolishness. BOTH. But ... you've got to admire her. Or wonder what the hell she was thinking. BOTH.
But one of her children thinks mom is a hero. "My Mum is a motherf**king badass," wrote someone claiming to be her son on Twitter. He linked to a snap a witness had taken of Ingrid confronting one of the men.
Would you do what Ingrid did?
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