LIVERPOOL, England (AP) A memorial service at Anfield for the 96 victims of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster will be held for the final time Friday.
The event has been held annually at Liverpool’s stadium since the tragedy in Sheffield on April 15, 1989. A minute’s silence will be observed across Liverpool at 3:06 p.m., the exact time that the human crush occurred at Hillsborough Stadium 27 years ago.
A minute’s silence was also held before Liverpool’s Europa League match against Borussia Dortmund on Thursday.
In January, the relatives of the victims decided that this year’s memorial would be the last, stating they had “unanimously agreed” to stop the services.
The Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and Town Hall’s bells will toll 96 times, flags at civic buildings will be flown at half-staff, and other events will be held across the city.
A jury looking into how the fans died has started considering conclusions this month. The hearings are already the longest running inquests in British legal history, starting in 2014.