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Home / Latest News / Candlelit vigil held a year after Russell Peachey was murdered on a Cardiff street

Candlelit vigil held a year after Russell Peachey was murdered on a Cardiff street

Hundreds of candles glittered and colourful balloons drifted into the sky as family and friends gathered to remember Russell Peachey, who died a year ago.

More than 60 people attended the memorial event in Cardiff , a year after the 35-year-old dad was murdered in the early hours of the morning on the streets of Grangetown .

Bright yellow, blue and purple balloons were released into the air, along with silver heart-shaped balloons, each containing a personal message.

‘Miss you forever’

One friend wrote: “Can’t believe it’s been a year. Thinking of you every day. Miss you forever mate. Rest in peace.”

Flowers were laid on a wall, including a row of single white roses, while star-covered lanterns glowed on the pavement.

A photograph of Russell was mounted on a lamppost and “Peachey Legend” was spelled out in candles on the ground.

Watch as the balloons are released into the sky:



Family and friends gathered on North Street to remember Russell Peachey



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Family and friends stood in silence in the rain remembering Russell, before releasing the balloons while listening to Every Breath You Take.

James Williams, 31, was sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty by a jury at Cardiff Crown Court in April of murdering Russell.

His co-defendants Christopher Smith, 35, Dean Beasley, 37, and Shaminder Singh, 40, were found not guilty of murder.

‘A brutal and merciless killing’

The court heard Russell was found lying in a pool of his own blood in North Street on August 1 last year.

A post-mortem revealed he had been struck more than once to the head with a weapon, such as a hammer.

Prosecutor Vincent Coughlin QC described the attack as “a brutal and merciless killing”.

The victim’s family said 12 months on, they are still struggling to come to terms with his death.

Sister Michelle Griffiths, 47, from Grangetown, said: “It’s something you never get over. I have been in tears since day one and it’s just really broken me.”

She described her brother as a “jokey boy” who would “do anything for anyone”.

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