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article image‘One Love’ campaign launched in memory of Chris Brahney

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By Mathew Wace Peck     Jul 10, 2012 in World
As a tribute to the late Chris Brahney, Stone Roses fans are campaigning to get the band’s anthem “One Love” to the top of the UK singles chart.
Anyone wanting to support the campaign is being urged to Tweet it with the #ChrisBrahneyOneLove Twitter hastag.
Chris’s body was found yesterday in the Manchester Shipping Canal, in Salford Quays. The 22-year-old man – from Timperley, Greater Manchester – had disappeared on Friday, 29 June, following a Stone Roses reunion concert in Manchester, after losing his mobile phone and becoming separated from his group of friends.
Last week, a massive search effort was launched by his friends and family and, which included a rally attended by hundreds of volunteers, at Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens.
More than 120,000 people joined the "Help Find Chris Brahney" Facebook page.
Chris’s body was discovered at Salford Quays at 9.30 a.m. Monday, and a post-mortem was due to take place today.
All day, people have been leaving messages of condolence on the Facebook page, including two of Chris’s friends, who thanked everyone for their help and support.
Joe Higson said, “Words can’t even cover how much appreciation I feel for every single person in this group right now. Your support and messages are to a level, neither myself, my friends or the Brahney family can explain.”
Matt Ainsworth added, “Just want to say a big thank you to everyone on here for helping us find Chris. I wish he could see how much everyone has come together for him, cause he would laugh his head of at it. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts. We miss him and we’ll never forget him.”
Chris worked as a barman at Manchester’s Green Room. On behalf of the staff there, Aradhna Ohri posted a glowing tribute and passed on their thoughts to his family: “Your son was a diamond. He was a true gentleman and a credit to you. He was kind, gentle, thoughtful and caring. My love goes out to you all.”
In a statement issued by the Stone Roses, band members Ian, John, Mani and Reni said, “We’d like to extend our sincerest condolences to Christopher’s family and friends. Our thoughts are with them at this incredibly sad time.”
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