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Memorial held in Barking for Hasan Ozcan a year after fatal stabbing

PUBLISHED: 17:43 11 February 2019

A memorial ceremony for Hasan Ozcan saw the Turkish flag raised outside Barking Town Hall. Picture: BARKING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL

A memorial ceremony for Hasan Ozcan saw the Turkish flag raised outside Barking Town Hall. Picture: BARKING AND DAGENHAM COUNCIL

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A memorial service has been held for the victim of a fatal stabbing a year after his death.

Hasan Ozcan was stabbed to death in Abbey Road, next to the Gascoigne Estate. Picture: Met PoliceHasan Ozcan was stabbed to death in Abbey Road, next to the Gascoigne Estate. Picture: Met Police

More than 80 people including the Turkish ambassador to the UK were at Barking Town Hall today for the service in memory of Hasan Ozcan who was stabbed to death aged 19 in Abbey Road on February 3 last year.

Umit Yalcin, Tukey’s ambassador thanked Barking and Dagenham Council for hosting the ceremony.

“It is a kind gesture to the Turkish community. We must continue to protect our young people’s lives and also protect their hopes for the future,” Mr Yalcin said.

A Turkish language school based at Gascoigne Primary School in Barking was opened in memory of Hasan last month.

Cllr Saima Ashraf, the council’s deputy leader, said: “Hasan’s death was a tragic loss. Our hearts are with his family and friends.

“From this heart-breaking event, Hasan’s family and the Turkish community have shown incredible determination to stopping knife crime. We share this determination with them.

“We all wish for peace and harmony in our communities.”

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