Father pays emotional tribute to son killed in Syria fighting IS


A father has paid an emotional tribute to his son, who was killed in Syria fighting Islamic State militants.

Dean Carl Evans, 22, from Reading, Berkshire, is understood to have died in fighting near Manbij, an IS stronghold in northern Syria.

John Evans - My son Dean Carl Evans born the 7/10/93 sadly... | Facebook

His father, John Evans, posted a photograph of his son as a young boy wearing military clothing, saying: "He was loved and will be missed by all his family and friends."

John Evans - I would like to say a massive big thank you... | Facebook

The deaths of Dean and a Slovenian man were announced on a Facebook page for international volunteers fighting in the YPG (People's Protection Units) and the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) groups against IS militants.

In a post, the International Brigades of Rojava said: "British YPG fighter Dean Carl Evans (Givara Rojava) martyred in ?#?Manbij? clashes against ISIS on 21st July 2016."

A screengrab from the YouTube video which pays tribute to Dean Evans.
(Youtube/Ragihandina YPG)

The group posted a "YPG martyr video" and urged their followers to share the clip to "honour our heroes who are fighting against Isis".

The footage appeared to show Evans cocking a machine gun along with a picture of him wearing webbing with an assault rifle slung over his shoulder.