Family rejects Flemish Interest's sympathy
15 May 2006, BRUSSELS — The parents of the toddler killed in last week's Antwerp double-murder are shocked by the message of sympathy offered by the extreme-right Flemish Interest.
15 May 2006
BRUSSELS — The parents of the toddler killed in last week's Antwerp double-murder are shocked by the message of sympathy offered by the extreme-right Flemish Interest.
Flemish Interest leader Filip Dewinter called for a minute's silence for the victims of the shooting at a party congress in Mechelen on Sunday.
But the parents were shocked by the message of sympathy, and the grandmother wrote a letter to regional Antwerp TV broadcaster ATV stressing the family does not want any condolences from the Flemish Interest.
The two-year-old Luna Drowart will be buried on Wednesday after a funeral service in the Sint-Paulus Church. The family has requested a private ceremony and has asked to be left in peace.
The funeral was announced in the weekend newspaper with the message 'This is really happening'. The family is not religious, but chose a church funeral because they said the building can rise above differences.
"I have met in the parents of Luna two strong people with a lot of raw pain," Pastor Paul Scheelen, who will officiate at the funeral service, has said.
"The family does not need a story about a star or cloud on which Luna is sitting, even less so white balloons and great speeches. In the ceremony, we are going to as much as possible give expression to something that cannot be expressed.
"I have talked for three hours with them. They have unimaginable raw pain. Their child was shot down, it has no future now."
Meanwhile, the Malinese au-pair, Oulemata Niangadou, 24, who was also killed last Thursday, will be buried in her homeland Mali. The city of Antwerp will pay the costs of repatriation because her family cannot afford them.
The condition of the third victim, Turkish woman Sonhul Koç, 46, worsened on Saturday, but she appeared to be improving on Sunday.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news