Parents of murdered Luna lay 'sweet' daughter to rest
17 May 2006, BRUSSELS — An emotional farewell is taking place in Antwerp on Wednesday as the parents of the Flemish toddler murdered in the Antwerp shootings last week lay their daughter to rest.
17 May 2006
BRUSSELS — An emotional farewell is taking place in Antwerp on Wednesday as the parents of the Flemish toddler murdered in the Antwerp shootings last week lay their daughter to rest.
The parents of two-year-old Luna had previously spent several hours alone with her on Tuesday in a private farewell.
The funeral service was being held in Antwerp at the city's Saint Paulus Church at 10am on Wednesday.
There was room for 1,400 people in the church and many more were gathered outside, where they could follow the service via an audio system. No video screen was set up.
A large number of people were sporting a white flower and dressed in black, as the family had requested.
After the funeral service ended, Luna was to be buried.
Antwerp police were highly visible at the funeral to ensure that the service proceeded smoothly despite the large number of mourners.
Pastor Paul Scheelen was to lead a sober service, previously saying that "we are going to as much as possible give expression to something that cannot be expressed".
Poetry and music were primarily to be heard during the funeral with only a few short speeches.
Meanwhile, the scene of Luna's murder on the Zwartzusterstraat has been transformed into a shrine of sympathy with flowers and messages.
The condolence register at Antwerp city hall is also being filled with messages of support.
"I am also a dad of an almost two-year-old child. Now, I always think about it [the murder] if I look at my daughter. This doesn't sit right with me," one message said.
Another message said: "For the first time in my life, I am scared to be brown."
One of the most beautiful messages simply said: "Sleep softly, sweet Luna. Unfortunately, we weren't allowed get to know you any more".
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news