You might call the woman above crazy. You might say what she did was foolish. But you can never say that she’s not a hero.
48-year-old Ingrid Loyau-Kennett, Cub Scout leader and mother of two, was just trying to help the wounded soldier on the street after witnessing a gruesome machete attack in Woolwich, South East London.
What she didn’t realize is that she would encounter two Islamic fanatics hell-bent on starting a London street war. And the photo of Loyau-Kennett calmly talking to one of the suspects, knife and ax in hand, is unsettling, scary and all around unbelievable.
Speaking with the Daily Telegraph, Loyau-Kennett described jumping off a bus in order to attend to the soldier’s wounds.
“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 said. “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 says the man confessed to the soldier’s slaying, and then declared, “I killed him because he killed Muslims.”
She continued to chat with the guy, keeping him occupied so that he wouldn’t notice police closing in around him. She recalls trying to persuade him to put down his weapons, but he refused.
“We want to start a war in London tonight,” Loyau-Kennett recalled one of the men saying.
Eventually, police shot the two suspects and took them into custody.
And Loyau-Kennett, a mom who was just concerned, is now being heralded as a London hero.
Take it from her son Basil, who took to Twitter to deem his mom a “motherfucking badass John McClane mother.”
We couldn’t agree more.
by Christina Coleman for Global Grind Staff