published: 5 January 2020
Balloons and Chinese lanterns were let off in Coventry last night as friends and family of Sean Fitzgerald marked the one-year anniversary of his death. Crowds gathered at the grave of Mr Fitzgerald, who was shot dead during an armed police raid in the city last year (January 4, 2019).
The memorial saw flowers and tributes placed at the grave site of the 31-year-old, along with dozens of candles. A period of silence was held, before balloons and Chinese lanterns were let off into the skies above Coventry.
The memorial attracted large crowds, including close friends and family of Mr Fitzgerald. A family representative said: “It will just be a time to pay respects to Sean on the year anniversary of his passing.
“The past year had been beyond heartbreaking from the moment of losing Sean, to every day without him. Birthdays, Christmas and everyday life, not just for me and the children, but for his family, friends and anyone that knew him. We all continue to grieve and continue to fight for justice for Sean.”
It is not the first event having taken place to pay tribute to Mr Fitzgerald, with a football tournament and family fun day held in his name last summer.
Ahead of the anniversary, An IOPC spokesperson said: “Our independent investigation is ongoing. We are examining all the circumstances leading up to Mr Fitzgerald’s death, including the planning of the police operation, and the actions of the officers involved that evening.”