Family buries murdered Jesse Dingemans
7 December 2006, AMSTERDAM — Murdered schoolboy Jesse Dingemans was laid to rest after a shortened, austere Eucharist in the Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaartkerk in Hoogerheide on Thursday morning.
7 December 2006
AMSTERDAM — Murdered schoolboy Jesse Dingemans was laid to rest after a shortened, austere Eucharist in the Onze Lieve Vrouw Hemelvaartkerk in Hoogerheide on Thursday morning.
Escorted by three motorbike police officers, Jesse's body was taken in pouring rain to the church in a special children's hearse.
The words 'Dag, lieve, kleine Jesse' (Goodbye, sweet, small Jesse) were written on the vehicle's back window.
The Raadhuisstraat in the village of Hoogerheide in Brabant was briefly sealed off to give the funeral procession enough room.
A blue helium balloon and a bouquet of red and white flowers were on top of the coffin as it was carried into the church.
Pastor Jo Staps administered a Catholic funeral service to about 400 mourners.
Room was made in the church for a tree with drawings made in recent days by Jesse's classmates.
Besides the large media presence, there were few other mourners gathered outside the church.
On request of the family, the media was not welcome inside the church.
Upon completion of the service, Jesse was buried in the church cemetery shortly after midday, when a small circle of relatives said their last goodbyes.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news