First anniversary of death of Yosuke Sasaki remembered
The first anniversary of the death of Japanese national Yosuke Sasaki is expected to be marked with a special ceremony held in town later this week
A wreath-laying ceremony and a mass are set to be held on Thursday, January 3rd, to mark the first anniversary of the murder which shocked the town.
The 24-year-old Yosuke, a Japanese national, died following a knife attack as he walked home along the Avenue Road following having finished work at National Pen.
Mohamed Morei (18) has been held in custody since January 4th after he was charged with the murder of Yosuke, who was not known to him, and has been receiving ongoing medical care in the Central Mental Hospital
On Thursday a wreath-laying ceremony will take place close to the scene where the attack took place,
The ceremony will then be followed by an anniversary mass in St. Patrick's Cathedral Dundalk at 10am.
Management and staff at National Pen and a representative from the Japanese Embassy have been invited to attend the event which is open to all.
The murder saw an outpouring of grief with over 1,000 people taking part in a candlelight vigil inMarket Square.
Among those in attendance was Her Excellency Mrs Mari Miyoshi, the Japanese Ambassador to Ireland.
The Sasaki family issued a statement expressing their gratitude to the people of Dundalk for their support.
They said their son came to Ireland 'initially as a language student and only intended a short stay.'
However, he was touched by the kindness of the Irish people and he decided to work here.'
'We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the kindness the people of Ireland have shown.'
The family said that, 'When he was alive our son spoke about the warmth of the people of this town and his love of Dundalk.'