A youngster from Hockley Heath who died in a horrific car crash a year ago has been remembered - as the first anniversary of his death approaches.
Friends of Mikey Abdou released 70 balloons in his memory, each of them carrying a message about the Mikey Abdou Foundation - an organisation set up by his parents to help causes close to their son’s heart.
Mikey, a talented artist who was studying at Abbey College in Birmingham, died, aged 19, when the Ford Fiesta he was driving collided with an open-top bus carrying tourists, near Stratford, on January 14 last year.
His passenger, Mike Dugmore, 21, from Wilmcote, near Stratford, was also killed.
His friends stood side by side as they released dozens of balloons in the grounds of St Paul’s Square in his memory, close to the first anniversary of his death.
College principal Rachel Borland said: “Mikey is sadly missed by the entire college community.
“The balloon release was a touching and poignant way for his family, students and staff to remember him and to raise awareness of the wonderful foundation established in his memory.”
Tributes poured in for Mikey, whose funeral was held at St Alphege Church, immediately following his death, including messages from Birmingham City star Nathan Redmond.