Hundreds of Kurds mobbed the hearse carrying ex-Marine Konstandinos Erik Scurfield when his body arrived at Manchester Airport. Scurfield was killed fighting against the Islamic State in Syria.
The British-Greek 25-year-old man from Barnsley was killed by mortar fire on March 2 and was the first Brit to be killed fighting against IS jihadists. Kosta, as his comrades called him, was fighting alongside Kurdish forces in the frontline village of Tel Khuzela in Syria.
When his body arrived at Manchester airport, hundreds of Kurds carrying flags and Scurfield pictures paid tribute to the man and mobbed the hearse carrying his body, amidst shouts of “martyr” and “hero” from the crowd.
His mother Vasiliki said she is proud of her son who fought for the freedom of Kurdish people in Syria. “Although he did not die fighting for a British cause, he died representing British values,” she said, according to Daily Mail.
Hozen Kasen, a prominent Democratic Union Party (PYD) member in Manchester, said: “We are very proud that Konstandinos Erik Scurfield went to represent us in a plight that was not his own. He is not just a Kurdish hero but a humanitarian hero and will go down in history as such.”