Family of Ryan Lock launch memorial fundraiser

Ryan Lock
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THE family of a man who died fighting Islamic State are trying to raise cash for a memorial to their son.

Former Havant schoolboy Ryan Lock, from Chichester, died during an offensive against Islamic State forces to retake the northern city of Raqqa last month.

Mr Lock, 20, was a pupil at Warblington School for four years after joining in October 2008 from Portsmouth.

His family have raised £355 online out of a target of £5,000 to get a memorial ahead of their son’s body being repatriated to this country.

A Kurdish rights campaigner said Mr Lock’s body had been recovered and there was evidence to suggested he shot himself rather than be caught.

A message posted on the page, created by his father Jon Plater, said: ‘In response to the many offers of support we have created this page in memory of Ryan Lock.

‘Ryan was twenty years old, he went to Syria to fight for a cause he believed in.

‘Sadly Ryan lost his life in Syria, and in preparation for him coming home we are setting up this page to raise money to have a memorial made for him, so his family can visit his special place to pay their respects to a very much loved young man.

‘We greatly appreciate your support. Thank you.’