Four and a half years after Jean Charles de Menezes was shot and killed by armed police, a permanent memorial will be placed for him at Stockwell tube station where he died. The confirmation of permission for the memorial to be erected came yesterday, which was fittingly International Human Rights Day.
The large colourful tile mosaic memorial has been made by local artist Mary Edwards with help from Menezes' cousins. This will replace the temporary tributes - candles, photos, handwritten notes and flowers - that have been placed outside the tube station since his death. TfL has granted permission for the permanent tribute at the station after hundreds of signatures were gathered in a petition for a memorial was organised by Menezes' family. Family, friends and special guests will be present at the unveiling of the memorial on 7 January 2010, the date Menezes would have turned 31.
Image shows detail from photo of temporary memorial outside Stockwell tube station by Simon K from the Londonist Flickr pool