22nd Feb, 2019

Funeral of Sean Fitzgerald shot dead by police in Coventry set for next month

Felix Nobes 11th Feb, 2019 Updated: 11th Feb, 2019

THE FUNERAL of Sean Fitzgerald who was shot dead by police in Coventry is set to be held next month.

As we reported, the 31-year-old was killed by a single gunshot during an armed West Midlands Police raid in Burnaby Road, Holbrooks, last month.

A probe into the circumstances surrounding his death was launched by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

His funeral will take place at noon on March 1 at St Thomas Church in Keresley.

The public is encouraged to attend the service and pay respects.

His cousin, Lucy English-Davies, who raised nearly £1,000 in his memory, said: “We are giving him the best send off as he deserves it. All his family and friends will be there – although we shouldn’t be having to say goodbye to him at all.”

The ‘drugs bust gone wrong’ was part of what police chiefs described as a long-running police investigation.

After the incident, national watchdog IOPC confirmed no firearms were found at the property raided.

The former soldier’s death prompted widespread anger.

Since then many have vented their frustration on social media, and a banner was raised up on the canal basin bridge.

A Twitter account called ‘justiceforseanfitzgerald’ has also been set up.

It posted on Friday saying: “This hurts so much. I’m going to be saying bye to my big brother!

“But you will have the best send off.

“Everyone is welcome to the funeral and the wake. Bring your friends, bring your family.

“Let’s make sure he has the send off of a king.”

For funeral details go to @justiceforsean1

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