“We will give him the farewell he deserves” – the family of Pierre Zakrzewski thanks for the help in retrieving his body from Ukraine

Irish photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski’s family was killed Ukraine Last week they thanked everyone who helped them bring his body to Dublin.

In a statement to Independent.ie, Mr Zakrzewski’s family confirmed his body had arrived home a week after his death.

“We would like to thank everyone involved in getting Pierre to our home so quickly and under such difficult circumstances – the security teams in Kyiv, Separ, SeaSpray, Smudge, Jock and Shane, Dragan and the team at Fox News, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Irish Embassy staff in Ukraine and Poland, French Embassy staff in Ukraine and Poland,” his family said.

“We would also like to thank the Dublin Airport Authority, the Gardaí and everyone who has been in touch to offer their support and condolences.

“We were touched by all the stories and memories and were comforted by the difference he made for so many people around the world. He touched the lives of so many people, he will never be forgotten and his legacy will live on.”

The family said they are taking their time now to plan the funeral arrangements “and to give Pierre the goodbye he deserves”.

Mr Zakrzewski’s remains were flown home via Poland on Sunday.

Mr Zakrzewski was killed by Russian shelling outside Kyiv on Monday last week.

In the same attack, Ukrainian journalist Oleksandra Kuvshynova was killed when her vehicle was hit, while American broadcaster Benjamin Hall was seriously injured.

Last week, Mr Zakrzewski’s widow, Michelle, traveled to Poland to meet with some of Pierre’s family and assist with repatriation efforts.

Born in Paris to a French mother and a Polish father, Pierre Zakrzewski (55) was the second of six children.

He grew up in Dublin’s Leopardstown district and attended school at St. Conleth’s College. He later studied at UCD and Ballyfermot College of Further Education.

Mr Zakrzewski has lived in London for the last 15 years with his wife Michelle, who worked as a journalist for the BBC.

Mr Zakrzewski’s employers, Fox and Sky News, had worked with Irish, French and Polish officials to fly him back to Ireland.

Last week, Mr Zakrzewski’s mother, Marie-Ange Zakrzewska, said it had always been her intention to take his body to Dublin and his wife fully agreed.

“I’m very happy because Michelle always said, ‘No, no, he’s coming home.’ There was no doubt about it. He has to come and this has to happen,” she added.

Ms Zakrzewska said if her son’s body makes it home safely, they plan to hold a funeral service for him in south Dublin.

She said there is a family gravesite in Co Kildare and they will take some of his ashes there to be buried with his father Andrzej.

https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/well-give-him-the-send-off-he-deserves-pierre-zakrzewskis-family-offer-thanks-for-helping-get-his-body-home-from-ukraine-41474510.html “We will give him the farewell he deserves” – the family of Pierre Zakrzewski thanks for the help in retrieving his body from Ukraine

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