A tree planted in memory of a football coach murdered in New York was lit up with tributes on the first anniversary of his death.
Michael Jones, 25, from Tarleton, near Preston, was stabbed in an attack on October 7, 2012.
His parents, Perry and Carol Jones, and younger brother Philip, have flown out to the United States to meet with police leading the search for chief suspect Orlando Orea.
Back in Lancashire, a red heart from Michael’s family and friends was laid at his gravestone, while messages of love and remembrance and solar lights were tied to a ‘Jonesy Tree’.
It was planted at Tarleton Corinthians Football Club’s pitches at Carr Lane on April 10, which would have been Michael’s 26th birthday.
A message from his mum and dad read: “My baby boy, my pride and joy, my love for you lives on.”
And one from his brother said: “The world’s going to know your name, things will never be the same. You’re my brother, I love you.”
Mr Jones said: “We would like to thank Karen Walton and her family, the Stringfellows and the Spencer’s, who have given us considerable time and support during the past 12 months.
“Without their empathy and compassion this whole ordeal would have been unbearable.”
A former Tarleton High School pupil, Michael played for Tarleton Corinthians before moving to America to coach youngsters for the New York Red Bulls.
On Saturday the Jones family were the guests of honour at a Red Bulls game against New England.
Philip, who plays for Preston North End Disabled Team, performed the pre-match coin toss alongside club captain Thierry Henry.
A huge banner made by Michael’s friends bearing the words You’ll Never Walk Alone - Remembering Jonesy” was lifted by fans in the stadium. A minute’s silence was also held at Hesketh Bank AFC on Sunday.
More events are planned this weekend, including Red Bull coaches competing in a Tough Mudder event to raise funds for the Mike Jones Memorial Fund.
In the town of Armonk, where Michael was based for five years, friends will unveil a plaque and plant a Jonesy Tree.
Mr Jones said: “We would also like to say a special thank you to our American friend Stacey Reinhardt. Stacey represents many of the families, friends and children who live in America who loved Michael.
“The events being held in New York are down to her professional organisation, tireless commitment, and determined passion.”
Mr Jones asked people to visit the website www.mikejonesmemorialfund.com, and to watch a YouTube clip compiled by Michael’s close friend and fellow coach, Craig Hutchinson.
He added: “You will see the wonderful, loving young man that was so cruelly and senselessly taken away from us one year ago.”