Anton Hammerl in Brega © Unai Aranzadi, 2011.
The family of Anton Hammerl, a South African and UK-based photojournalist killed in Libya in early April, will be holding a memorial service on 08 September in London.
Gaddafi's forces shot Hammerl "in an extremely remote location in the Libyan desert" on 05 April. The crime was witnessed by American journalists Clare Morgana Gillis and James Foley, who were with Hammerl and were abducted by pro-Gaddafi loyalists following the shooting. For weeks, the Libyan authorities had assured their South African counterparts that Hammerl was alive and being detained in an undisclosed location.
However, when Gillis and Foley were released, they told Hammerl's family that they had seen the photojournalist get shot and that it was highly unlikely that he had survived his injuries. His remains have yet to be located and returned to his family in the UK.
The memorial service, set for 08 September at 3pm, will take place at St Bride's Church on Fleet Street (EC4Y 8AU) in London. The service will be followed by drinks at the Press House Wine Bar from 4pm at 1 St Bride's Passage (EC4Y 8EJ).
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