The family of Sam Diatta have said they hope lessons will be learned from his death.
It follows the news from North Yorkshire Police today (Friday) that, after a near-year long investigation, no one was to be charged in connection with the tragedy.
Sam, 39, of Suffolk House in Lowther Terrace off Holgate Road in York, died following an incident at Mappin and Webb in Coney Street on 26 July.
He was restrained by members of the public in the shop before his death.
Four men were arrested in connection with the incident, but officers say they will not face charges.
The family were told of the decision earlier today.
They were left devastated by losing Sam, and held a vigil in his memory a few weeks after his death.
They also raised funds for the charity Rethink Mental Illness. Sam had battled with his mental health since he was a teenager.
His sister Téba Diatta told YorkMix: “We as a family are heartbroken at the loss of Sam but we choose to forgive those involved in his death.
“As Christians we can’t hold a grudge and hope that lessons will be learned.
“We hope to set up a lasting legacy in Sam’s memory.”
She added: “We’d like an award at his school in his memory.”
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