On the one year anniversary of Fyssas’s killing emotions were still raw at the memorial’s unveiling.
“Thank you for being our son, thank you for coming to us… My son, sing your own songs,” were the emotionally charged words she said as she hugged her slain child’s memorial, her pain evident.
The stone slab bears the rappers likeness holding a microphone under which the inscription reads:
“On this site before dawn on the 18th of September 2013, a group of fascists attacked and killed the musician Pavlos “Killah P” Fyssas, who resisted bravely when he received threats against the lives of his friends and his own, with the only weapons his ideas and his ideals… Pavlos was killed by a knife to his heart… standing up, in public view…”
On the reverse side of the memorial is a line from Fyssas’s adaption of the song, “Like I’m going to cry,” (Siga min Klapso) by Giannis Aggelakas.
“Such a day is good to die well and standing up, in public view. My name is Pavlos Fyssas from Piraeus.”
Fyssas’s father stated, “We are here to stop fascism and all it gives rise to. Pavlos is resting in the Elysian fields.”
A crowd of local residents, many with children, supported the family at the memorial ceremony.
A musical event has been planned for 16.00 followed by a march to the World Peace Square in Korydallos where participants will release thousands of balloons.
On Friday at 17.00 another large concert will be held in Syntagma Square in which more than 30 musicians will take part.