Ryan Lock kneeling for a photo

03/03/2017 - 21:16 0
Family sets up memorial fund for Ryan Lock who died fighting Islamic State

The family of Ryan Lock, the British man who died fighting the jihadist Islamic State group in Syria has set up a fund to raise £5,000 for a memorial stone and bench.

The 20-year-old former chef, who joined the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Rojava in September died on 21 December after turning a gun on himself to avoid being taken hostage.

His father, Jon Plater, said: "The family has slowly been coming to terms with losing Ryan. The love and unity within our family has helped us cope.

"We will always keep Ryan in our hearts and we are proud of him."

On the Just Giving website the family wrote: "We are setting up this page to raise money to have a memorial made for him, so his family can visit his special place to pay their respects to a very much loved young man."

Any money left over from the memorial costs will go to the charity Help for Heroes.

Mr Plater also said: "We have been really overwhelmed and by the respect and love for Ryan from the Kurdish community. They have also been very supportive."

UK-based Kurds paid around £11,000 towards the costs of repatriating his remains. 

Zinar Demeni, from the Kurdish Community Centre in London, said: "For someone who has gone thousands of miles, after seeing what is happening in Kurdistan, to join the fight against IS, the common enemy of humanity, the least we could do was pay our respects and to bring him home."

Donate to Ryan Lock's memorial fund here.

Source: BBC