Corporate sin and harm is wrong
Zane Gbangbola has been described as a "magical and loving child" in a poignant tribute held on the first anniversary of his death on Sunday (February 8).
Dozens gathered outside his former Thameside home in Chertsey to pay respects to the seven-year-old who died after floodwater entered the basement of the house on February 8 last year.
His parents, Kye Gbangbola and Nicole Lawler, claim he was killed by hydrogen cyanide poisoning – released through water which they believe had been contaminated by a former landfill site behind their home.
For 12 months the family and the Truth About Zane campaign group have battled for a more comprehensive investigation into Zane's death.
Speaking at the memorial, dad Kye, who was left paralysed by the flooding incident, said: "He lit up our world with his love and his energy. Walking and talking and being with Zane was a pure joy.
"We miss Zane every moment of every day."
Musicians Jonathan and Thomas Prothero performed songs including one of Zane's favourite tracks, Heal The World by Michael Jackson.
Well-wishers held candles and watched as lanterns were sent into the night sky before a dazzling fireworks display.
Kye fondly recalled Zane cycling along the path and boxing with him in the garden.
He said Zane helped out at the Samaritans over Christmas, and once raised hundreds of pounds for a local church through fundraising.
A pensioner reportedly told Kye his son was the "most compassionate person he had ever met
Kye added: "Zane knew that everyone got to go to heaven and now he knows how wonderful it is there.
"He will be forever in our hearts and in our minds.
"I am always glad to hear and to speak about the wonder, magic and love that was Zane, and that he brought into our lives for seven years - the best seven years of my life.
"I want to thank everyone for being here and for all your support - I know Zane would appreciate it.
"Zane deserves better, the pressure is on us to honour Zane with the truth. We are now Zane's voice.
"Rest assured we will do everything we can to make sure that what happened to Zane never happens again.
"Corporate sin and harm is wrong.
"Thank you all for coming and for honouring Zane."
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