It was a simple gesture of human kindness which, after three harrowing weeks of murder trial evidence, brought smiles and tears alike to the faces of the assembled members of the Corbett family.
To mark the second anniversary of Jason Corbett's death, his former workmates at the Multi Packing Solutions (MPS) plant on Lexington Parkway in Lexington, North Carolina, staged a balloon release.
In a moving nod to the father-of-two's homeland, the balloons were in the colours of the Irish flag.
Some were inscribed with special messages from people who remembered and missed their boss. "We miss you Jason," one note read.