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Fans Commemorate John Lennon's 30th Death Anniversary

December 9, 2010 John Lennon, Beatles, Yoko Ono

Hundreds of fans have held a vigil to commemorate the death of the Beatles legend John Lennon at his hometown in Liverpool Wednesday. Vigils have also been held in New York when the music icon was shot death 30 years ago.

Lennon was just 40 when he was shot four in the back four times by crazed fan Mark David Chapman outside his New York apartment.

Several hundreds of people brought candles, glow sticks, placards, and flowers to the European Peace Monument to mark the event with songs and poetry readings. A huge image of Lennon with his young son Julian was displayed on the site along with a banner that reads "Give Peace a Chance."

Fan Frank Walker, 48, told local paper ECHO, "I am here because it is for John Lennon, because he was just wonderful and everything he stood for. I was out 30 years ago when he died. It was tremendous, it really was."

"I was 18 then and it was sad of course. But when everyone met and sang his songs, it was not that sad - it was a celebration of his life."

The event, organized by the Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society, mirrored the spontaneous vigil held on the night of his death on December 8, 1980 on St. George's Plateau when thousands of fans gathered together in his memory.

LBAS founder-president John Chambers said that the decorations tied into the theme of the event. He told ECHO, "It is Imagine, give Peace a Chance, All You Need is Love."

His widow Yoko Ono also organized the Dream Power John Lennon Super Live concert in Tokyo to remember her husband's death.

Ono said in a statement, "On his tragic anniversary please join me in remembering John with deep love and respect. In his short lived life of 40 years, he has given so much to the world. The world was lucky to have known him."

"We still learn so much from him today. John, I love you!"

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