One year on: Hundreds gather to remember Henry Hicks

PUBLISHED: 10:24 22 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:24 22 December 2015

The Hicks family at the event

The Hicks family at the event

Dieter Perry

Hundreds gathered to remember Henry Hicks on Saturday, one year after the teenager died in a scooter crash.

The event, which was held at a memorial wall dedicated to the teenager in Wheelwright Street, was organised by Henry’s family.

During the evening, people were invited to hang baubles with personalised messages inside on a Christmas tree dedicated to Henry.

It included fireworks spelling out “Henry Hicks we love you always RIP” and a choir sang songs played at his funeral.

Henry’s sister Claudia, 24, who set up a foundation in her brother’s name to help bereaved families deal with funeral costs, said: “A year on we still feel the same as we did the night Henry died. It’s like living under a black cloud.

“Nothing matters to us without Henry. Our hearts are broken and there’s nothing anyone can ever do to change that.”

She added: “We have had such amazing support from all over the world.

“People have been so lovely – it really makes me proud of Henry. He was so loved by so many people and he made such an impact on people’s lives they have all stood with us. Strangers have also read all about Henry and seen what a wonderful person he was, fell in love with him and joined our campaign and fight for justice.”

Henry Hicks was killed on December 19 last year when his moped collided with cars outside Pentonville Prison in Holloway while being pursued by police.

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