Text and Pictures By Dushiyanthini Kanagasabapathipillai
|Rays of sun breaking through at the grave site|
|Grave site decorated with fresh flowers, and candles|
Lal Wickrematunge, older brother of Lasantha Wickrematunge is seen grieving at his brother's grave
Lasantha Wickrematunge’s fifth death anniversary was
marked today. Family members, friends, and colleagues gathered at his grave
site in Kanatte in the morning to pay tribute. His grave was decorated with
pink, and off white lotus flowers, and other flowers. Pink and white candles,
and incense sticks were lit. A memorial service too was held at the site.
Lasantha Wickrematunge was the Founding Editor of
the Sunday Leader, and was killed by masked men on motorbikes, on the 8th
of January 2009, while he was on his way to work. A suspect has died under
Police custody, while the other was released due to lack of evidence. Justice is yet to be delivered.
Lasantha Wickermatunge's brothers lighting candles to remember their beloved brother
Lit and placed to remember
During a memorial service
Emotionally singing at the site
Portrait of Lasantha Wickematunge at the site
Rest to Remember
"UNBOWED AND UNAFRAID"
Recalling and sharing their memories of Lasantha Wickrematunge