[WATCH] Flowers laid in commemoration of murdered Ivorian

People gathered in Birzebbuga to lay flowers at the site where 42-year-old Lassana Cisse was murdered in a drive by shooting on 6 April

Flowers were laid on the spot where Lassana Cisse was murdered
Flowers were laid on the spot where Lassana Cisse was murdered
Migrants speak of fear after the murder of Lassana Cisse

Migrants, friends and human rights activists have laid flowers on the side of a road where Lassana Cisse Souleymane was shot dead in a drive by shooting earlier this month.

Cisse, 42, from the Ivory Coast was killed after somebody fired shots from a car that was passing down the same road.

Flowers were laid at Triq il-Gebel where the drive by shooting took place
Flowers were laid at Triq il-Gebel where the drive by shooting took place

Two other migrants were injured in the incident that happened on 6 April and which shocked the migrant community in the area.

Cisse died on the spot in Triq tal-Ġebel, which is the road used by migrants living at the Hal Far open centre to reach the centre of Birzebbuga. The killers were driving a white Toyota Starlet and have not yet been caught.

The crowd included former president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, a handful of MEP candidates, Yana Mintoff and Fr Dionysius Mintoff, who runs the peace lab in Hal Far, which also houses a number of migrants.

Former president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca attended the commemoration
Former president Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca attended the commemoration

In a brief speech, Coleiro Preca said people had gathered at the spot where Lassana had been murdered to pay tribute to a person who was one of our brothers.

"We are here to give evidence that we have lost one of our brothers... Even at such terrible times, we must put our love across," Coleiro Preca added.

She said that those gathered stood with Cisse's family, but that it was not only them who had lost someone, but everyone had lost a member of their "human family". "Lassana will continue to be remembered through us standing up to what happened."

University of Malta chaplain Fr Mark Cachia said people had come together in remembrance of a life which could never be replaced. 

"We are here to remember. And to remember is to acknowledge the loss of a life... The life of Lassana, which can never be replaced," Cachia said.

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