THE bereaved family of a Llay man have released balloons into the sky to mark the anniversary of his death.
Popular amateur boxer and father-of-three Craig Maddocks was brutally murdered in the Cambrian Vaults pub, Wrexham, on June 26 last year.
Parents David and Edna Maddocks, of First Avenue, Llay, were joined at the village cemetery on Thursday by family members to mark the loss of Craig by releasing a series of balloons into the air and laying flowers at his grave.
Craig, who boxed for Llay Amateur Boxing Club, lived in the village all his life and leaves behind children Chloe, 13, Lois, eight, and Miles, four, along with sister Lisa, 34, and brother Daniel, 30.
On June 20, Craig’s killer Francesco John Prevete, 46, was told he will have to serve at least 23 years behind bars for the frenzied attack which saw the victim stabbed 52 times with a flick knife.
Speaking on the eve on the anniversary, Mr Maddocks, 59, said:
“We thought it would be a nice tribute to Craig to release balloons, but it’s always going to be tough one year on.
“Craig’s children and the other children in the family are going to send a balloon into the sky. He’s never out of our thoughts.
“He really was a great lad. One time he was going out on a Saturday night, all dressed up in his suit. He was walking to catch a bus into town and a lady down the road had a flat tyre. Everyone had just walked or driven past her, but not Craig. He stopped, asked her what was wrong, and in his full suit he changed the tyre. That woman sent us a bereavement card and that really touched us. He had time for everyone.”
Mrs Maddocks, 57, explained she had been to the pub where Craig was killed to lay flowers.
“It was difficult going down there,” she said. “But I wanted to lay some flowers there this week, as a mark of respect.”