Wreath marks first anniversary of murder
The family of murdered Japanese man Yosuke Sasaki have spoken of the 'warmth of the people of Dundalk and Ireland' on the first anniversary of his tragic death.
Thursday last, January 3rd, marked one year since the horrific murder of Yosuke as he walked home from work at National Pen.
A wreath laying ceremony was held along the Avenue Road, at the location where he died, and a statement was read to those gathered from his family.
In the poignant statement, the family said: 'We would like to express our sincerest gratitude to you all for holding this memorial ceremony for Yosuke.
It has been one year since Yosuke left this world and we still cannot believe that he is no longer here with us.'
"Even now we think that we will be able to see his kind smiling face. Each day our grief remains.'
'However, as we try to come to terms with reality and move forward, the warmth of the people of Dundalk and Ireland who have not forgotten Yosuke has given us courage.'
'With all of the warmth in your hearts behind us, we will try to gather strength as a family and move forward.'
Mr Kimio Yamaji, Second Secretary, to the Japanese Embassy attended the ceremony on behalf of the Japanese community.
A mass was also held at St. Patrick's Cathedral later that morning.