Flowers are laid outside Croydon Custody Centre in south London after Sergeant Ratana was shot in the chest
Paying tribute to him she said: ‘I had the pleasure of sharing five years of my life with this lovely man – my gentle giant, with his infectious smile and big heart. I think of him with tenderness and love.
‘Matt was my partner, friend, confidant, support and soul mate.
‘He will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Matt will always be in my head and in my heart.’
A spokeswoman for the Met Police said: ‘A 23-year-old man remains in police custody. The Police and Criminal Evidence clock has been paused while he receives hospital treatment.’
In February, De Zoysa’s parents said he had drawn pictures of what happened in the moments leading up to Sgt Ratana’s death.
While speech problems caused by his injuries meant he had been unable to give his lawyer full details of the events, they revealed he had drawn pictures of what took place.
The first of them was seized by police as part of their inquiry and the second is now in the hands of his legal team.
His mother Elizabeth said: ‘Louis drew a picture of what happened because he’s been very, very anxious about the police presence and the police took it. [The drawing] was unprompted.’
The drawing could be used in a trial and also as part of an Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation into the incident.
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