Family’s tribute as funeral of Edson Da Costa takes place
PUBLISHED: 12:41 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:50 01 September 2017
Family and friends of a young father who died after being detained by police have paid tribute to him as he was laid to rest.
Edir Frederico Da Costa, known as Edson, died in hospital in June, days after the car he was travelling in was stopped by police in Tollgate Road, Beckton.
The injuries the 25-year-old sustained before his death and the use of police force and CS gas have since been questioned by his family.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has launched an investigation into Edson’s death.
Relatives laid flowers close to where the incident happened, at the junction with Woodcocks, on the way to his funeral, which was held at Manor Park Cemetery today.
The procession was led by a hearse carrying the father-of-one’s coffin, decorated with flowers including some spelling out the word ‘son’.
In a statement released via solicitors, Edson’s family said: “Today our family said goodbye to a son, a father, a partner, a brother, a cousin and a friend.
“Edson’s death came as a huge shock and has had a great impact on our family.
“None more so that on his mother, who sadly passed away weeks after Edson and will now meet her son on the other side. Today is about celebrating Edson’s life and not focusing on the events of June 15.”
They continued: “We now hope that both the IPCC investigation and an inquest will answer the questions we have about the circumstances of Edson’s death.
“It’s very important to us that lessons are learnt so that other families do not have to experience the dreadful loss we have suffered.
“Our sincere thanks go those who have contributed to the Justice for Edson crowdfunding page, which has helped to pay for Edson’s funeral.”
Since the death of Edson, who lived in East Ham, his family have set up the Justice4Edson campaign which they say “aims to shed light on black and minority ethnic deaths in custody”.
They added: “We hope we will be able to bring about change to reduce their occurrence, ensure accountability and improve the way such deaths are reported by the media.”
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