FAMILY and friends of slain boxer Eamonn Magee Jnr gathered on his one-year anniversary as a special plaque was unveiled in his memory in West Belfast yesterday.
22-year-old Eamonn, the son of former WBU welterweight champion Eamonn Magee Senior, was stabbed to death in May 2015 in Summerhill Park in the Twinbrook estate.
Eamonn’s parents Mary and Eamonn Snr led the assembled crowd in reciting prayers. Red balloons were released as the plaque was unveiled at the exact spot where Eamonn died one year ago.
Speaking to Daily Belfast, Eamonn’s heartbroken mother Mary said she and her family could not have got through this past year without the support of friends and family.
“We spent Sunday as a family at Eamonn’s grave, it was Cemetery Sunday at St Joseph’s in Hannahstown and it was a beautiful day,” she said. “We brought a few blankets with us and sat there remembering Eamonn and sharing stories. We want there to still be some happy times.
“The people who were here today are the same people who have been with us from day one. We are surrounded by good people and we want to make sure we thank them. We couldn’t have got through this past year without them.”
Mary spoke of how the death of her youngest son has left “such a big void in our lives”.
“There isn’t a minute of the day when he’s not in our thoughts. We love and miss him very much.”