Families pay tribute to three men slain in English park

Flowers stand placed outside the Blagrave Arms pub near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens park, in Reading, England, Tu...
This combination photo made up from family photo issued by Thames Valley Police on Tuesday June 23, 2020, shows from left, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, James ...
This family photo issued by Thames Valley Police on Tuesday June 23, 2020 shows David Wails. David Wails has been named as one of three victims of the...
This family photo issued by Thames Valley Police on Tuesday June 23, 2020 shows Joe Ritchie-Bennett. Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, has been named by his fa...
People place flowers by a police cordon near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack at the Forbury Gardens park, in Reading, England, Tuesday, ...
A police forensic officer works near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens park, Reading, England, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. ...
A written tribute lies with flowers placed beside a police cordon near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack at the Forbury Gardens park, in R...
Police forensic officers work near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens, central Reading, England, Monday June 22, 2020. T...
Colleagues and pupils of teacher James Furlong stand together to take part in a period of silence at the Holt School, in Wokingham, England, in memory...
Colleagues and pupils of teacher James Furlong stand together to take part in a period of silence at the Holt School, in Wokingham, England, in memory...
Police forensic officers search near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens, central Reading, England, Monday June 22, 2020....
A mourner is comforted by a police officer as flower tributes are placed at the entrance to Holt School in Wokingham, England, in memory of teacher Ja...

Flowers stand placed outside the Blagrave Arms pub near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens park, in Reading, England, Tu...

This combination photo made up from family photo issued by Thames Valley Police on Tuesday June 23, 2020, shows from left, Joe Ritchie-Bennett, James ...

This family photo issued by Thames Valley Police on Tuesday June 23, 2020 shows David Wails. David Wails has been named as one of three victims of the...

This family photo issued by Thames Valley Police on Tuesday June 23, 2020 shows Joe Ritchie-Bennett. Joe Ritchie-Bennett, 39, has been named by his fa...

People place flowers by a police cordon near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack at the Forbury Gardens park, in Reading, England, Tuesday, ...

A police forensic officer works near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens park, Reading, England, Tuesday, June 23, 2020. ...

A written tribute lies with flowers placed beside a police cordon near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack at the Forbury Gardens park, in R...

Police forensic officers work near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens, central Reading, England, Monday June 22, 2020. T...

Colleagues and pupils of teacher James Furlong stand together to take part in a period of silence at the Holt School, in Wokingham, England, in memory...

Colleagues and pupils of teacher James Furlong stand together to take part in a period of silence at the Holt School, in Wokingham, England, in memory...

Police forensic officers search near the scene of a fatal multiple stabbing attack in Forbury Gardens, central Reading, England, Monday June 22, 2020....

A mourner is comforted by a police officer as flower tributes are placed at the entrance to Holt School in Wokingham, England, in memory of teacher Ja...

LONDON (AP) — The families of the three victims of a stabbing rampage in a English park paid tribute to their loved ones Tuesday, saying how their hearts have been broken at losing them in what is being treated as a terror attack.

Police named the dead as James Furlong, David Wails and Joseph Ritchie-Bennett. The three friends were enjoying a warm Saturday evening when they were attacked at Forbury Gardens park in Reading, a town of 200,000 people some 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of London. A 25-year-old suspect is in custody but officials say the motive for the carnage is unclear.

In a joint statement, the families each offered a reckoning of their grief.

The parents of David Wails described him as a much-loved son, brother and uncle who never hurt anyone in his life.

“We are broken-hearted at losing him and in such a terrible way,’’ his parents said in a statement released by the police. “We will treasure our wonderful memories of him and he will always be with us in our hearts."

The family of Joseph Ritchie-Bennett, who was originally from Philadelphia, also expressed their sadness.

“I was absolutely blessed and proud to be Joe’s father for 39 years and we are heartbroken by what has happened,” his father said.

The tributes came just a day after the community gathered for a moment of silence. More than 100 students lit candles and laid flowers in memory of Furlong, a history teacher.

“James was a wonderful man. He was beautiful, intelligent, honest and fun,'' said his parents, Gary and Janet. “He was the best son, brother, uncle and partner you could wish for. We are thankful for the memories he gave us all. We will never forget him and he will live in our hearts forever.”

Police have not identified the suspect, but Britain’s national news agency, Press Association, and other media outlets named the alleged attacker as Khairi Saadallah, a Libyan asylum-seeker living in Reading.

Three other people were wounded in the attack.