Stacy laid to rest in televised funeral
3 July 2006, BRUSSELS — The funeral of the murdered Stacy Lemmens took place in Liège on Monday and was broadcast live on state television.
3 July 2006
BRUSSELS — The funeral of the murdered Stacy Lemmens took place in Liège on Monday and was broadcast live on state television.
The seven-year-old Stacy was kidnapped and strangled earlier this month after disappearing from a Liège street party.
Her step-sister Nathalie Mahy, 10, who had been raped, was buried in a private service on Saturday. At the request of her father, only close friends and relatives, had attended her funeral.
The bodies of both girls were found dumped along a railway line last week.
Stacy's funeral service was held at the Saint Foy Church, just 200m from the city pub where the girls disappeared on the night of 9 June.
Stacy's body arrived at the church in a white hearse.
The church was filled with dozens of mourners, including Wallonian Premier Elio Di Rupo, federal Finance Minister Didier Reynders and Liège city councilors.
"We have to make sure that these dramatic sorts of situations don't happen again," Di Rupo said.
Paul Marchal, the father of Marc Dutroux murder victim An, also attended the service, as did a representative of the Belgian royal family.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the church and followed the service on a large screen. The service was broadcast live by Flemish public broadcaster VRT.
After the service ended, Stacy was buried in the church cemetery, next to her grandmother.
Many Belgians have paid their respects to both girls at Liege city hall, where a book of condolences was opened.
"Our city, our community is suffering enormously," Liege Mayor Willy Demeyer said.
Meanwhile, justice authorities are still waiting for the DNA test results. The tests could yield evidence implicating one or more suspects.
The only suspect in the case, Abdallah Air Oud, is still denying any involvement in the murder of the two girls.
His girlfriend, Christelle Bertho has also said she shaved his head before the Liège street party, stressing that he often sported a shaved head.
Police had earlier raised suspicions that the convicted child sex offender had shaved his head after the girls disappeared to change his appearance.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news