Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Lasantha Wickrematunge: Justice Delayed

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


Recalling and sharing their memories of Lasantha Wickrematunge


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