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One year anniversary vigil to be held today for Edson da Costa who died after police stop in Beckton

PUBLISHED: 12:33 21 June 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 21 June 2018

Edson Da Costa. Picture: submitted

Edson Da Costa. Picture: submitted

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A memorial service to a young father who died after a police stop in Beckton is taking place today to mark the one-year anniversary of his death.

Edson Da Costa as a baby with his father Ginario Da Costa and late mother Manuela Araujo. Pic: Da Costa familyEdson Da Costa as a baby with his father Ginario Da Costa and late mother Manuela Araujo. Pic: Da Costa family

Edir Frederico Da Costa died on June 21, 2017, six days after the car he was travelling in was stopped by police in Tollgate Road.

The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

The injuries the 25-year-old from East Ham, known as Edson, sustained before his death and the use of police force have since been questioned by his family.

After his death, Edson’s family set up the Justice4Edson campaign to “shed light on black and minority ethnic deaths in custody”.

Edson’s family were hit with a second tragedy after his 42-year-old mother Manuela Araujo died suddenly six weeks after her son.

In an online blog written by Jair Tavares, Edson’s cousin, his father Ginario Da Costa said “she could no longer cope with the death of her son.”

When approached for updates, the Independent Office for Police Conduct, formerly known as the Independent Police Complaints Commission, said their investigation was near completion.

A spokesman said: “Five Metropolitan Police Service officers have been interviewed under gross misconduct caution, and we have been provided with information from them following this.

“Our investigators have interviewed numerous witnesses including two individuals who were in a car with Mr Da Costa prior to the arrest. “We have viewed CCTV, body worn video and mobile phone footage relating to the incident.”

An inquest into Edson’s death is expected to take place in January.

Tonight’s memorial service will take place at the Woodcocks Estate in Custom House, E16 3DL, at 7pm.

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