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Wednesday, 26th March 2008
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Family of murdered teenager join vigil in Japan

The family of Lindsay Hawker have taken part in a candlelit vigil in Japan to mark the first anniversary of her death in Tokyo.

Ms Hawker's family, including a number of friends, took part in the vigil to mark the occasion, which took place in a bar in Ichikawa, near Tokyo.

"You have taken one life and destroyed many more. You have taken away my best friend and broken our hearts. I implore you, please atone for your crime," said Lisa Hawker, the victim's sister, at a press conference on Monday, when she addressed the perpetrator.

Following the death of Ms Hawker, discovered in a Tokyo apartment buried in a bath of sand, police consider an individual known as Tatsuya Ichihashi to be implicated.

It is believed that Mr Ichihashi is currently in hiding.

In related news, there are unconfirmed reports that the father or Mr Ichihashi committed suicide in September 2007, according to the Telegraph.

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