Dundalk as it Happens
Family of Yosuke Sasaki thank people of Dundalk for their support
The family of Yosuke Sasaki have released a statement thanking the people of Ireland for the support shown since the death of the 24-year-old last week.
The Japanese national was tragically stabbed to death on the Avenue Road as he made his way home from work in National Pen at around 9am last Wednesday.
Around 1,500 people turned out at the Market Square in Dundalk this evening to remember Yosuke at a vigil organised by the Dundalk Municipal District Committee.
Afterwards the Japanese Embassy released a statement on behalf of the Sasaki family thanking people for their support.
It read: “We would like to express our sincere gratitude for the kindness the people of Ireland have shown.
“When he was alive, our son spoke about the warmth of the people of this town and his love of Dundalk.
“He came to Ireland initially as a language student and only intended a short stay. However, he was touched by the kindness of the Irish people and he decided to work here.
“As a family, we are truly saddened by what has happened, but we hope that this incident will not give Japanese people a bad impression of Ireland.
“We would like to give our heartfelt thanks to the ambulance personnel, the Gardaí, National Pen Limited, Mr Oliver Morgan who set up the GoFundMe page, the staff of the Embassy of Japan, and the members of Louth County Council who organised tonight’s candlelight vigil.
“Finally, we hope that a tragic event like this one will never happen in this country again. The Sasaki Family.”
The Embassy of Japan said it extends its “sincere gratitude to the members of the Irish public who have sent us messages expressing their condolences”.
You can watch the vigil back on Talk of the Town below…