A FAMILY member of Sean Fitzgerald who was shot dead by police in Coventry is fundraising for his funeral.
A fleet of police vehicles descended on Burnaby Road near the Holbrooks area of the city on Friday night (January 4).
West Midlands Police denied rumours Mr Fitzgerald was shot in the back during the intelligence-led operation.
The incident has been referred to the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) which immediately began an investigation.
Now family member Lucy English-Davies who paid tribute to her cousin on Saturday has set about raising £1,500 for his funeral.
She said: “For everyone who got to know and meet the true gent that he was, Sean Fitzgerald, we are trying to help ease the pain of Pat, Chris, Wayne, Liam and Leigh and the rest of the family at this hard time.
“Money can be one less thing they have to worry about to give him the send off he deserves and allow them to grieve.”
A floral arrangement in his memory has been formed on a nearby roundabout, as his friends and members of the community grieve.
The circumstances which led to Mr Fitzgerald’s shooting during the operation on Friday remain unknown as speculation mounts.
Photos show the property subject to the police raid on Friday boarded up and adorned with floral tributes outside.
A neighbour claimed they heard ‘four or five’ gunshots after around 17 police cars surrounded the address, national reports say.
As we reported this morning the two men arrested on Friday for drugs charges have been released by police.
The IOPC said it will disclose the results of a post-mortem analysis at some point today while officers conducted forensic examinations and evidence gathering over the weekend.
Ms English-Davies took to Facebook over the weekend to gather support for her funding campaign.
She posted: “While everyone else speculates and makes judgements about a true gent, I’ll be having a drink tonight for another one of our angels up high. You’re safe there with Pam and uncle Sean (your dad). We all love you always.”
She also shared photos of what appears to be the community out in force around a candle-lit vigil and the floral displays under a firework-lit sky.