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Memorial to Menezes unveiled at Stockwell Tube station

Mural in memory of Jean Charles de Menezes
The mural replaces an improvised shrine at the station

A permanent memorial to Jean Charles de Menezes has been unveiled at the south London Tube station where he was shot dead by police.

Family members and campaigners gathered at Stockwell station on what would have been the Brazilian's 32nd birthday.

They revealed a colourful mosaic image of Mr de Menezes, created by Mary Edwards, a local artist.

It replaced a pavement shrine of flowers, candles, pictures and newspaper articles.

Cousin of Mr de Menezes, Vivian Figueiredo, who lived with him before he was shot, said the memorial is a reminder police are not above the law.

"Jean Charles was not the first person to be killed unjustly by the police and he won't be the last," she said.

Mr de Menezes was shot seven times by counter-terrorist officers on a Tube train at the station, on 22 July 2005.

The officers were hunting for would-be suicide bomber Hussain Osman on the day after the failed 21 July attacks.

Last year coroner Sir Michael Wright recorded an open verdict at the end of a multi-million-pound inquest, after a jury rejected the police account of the shooting.

The family of Mr de Menezes accepted a six-figure compensation deal from the Metropolitan Police in November 2009.



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