Hells Angels members shot dead in Holland
16 February 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Three members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club De Nomads have been found dead in a stream in the southern Dutch town of Echt. The victims had reportedly suffered multiple gunshot wounds, but police on Monday dismissed concerns of a gang war.
16 February 2004
AMSTERDAM — Three members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club De Nomads have been found dead in a stream in the southern Dutch town of Echt. The victims had reportedly suffered multiple gunshot wounds, but police on Monday dismissed concerns of a gang war.
The male victims have been identified as 54-year-old P. de V. from Geleen, 34-year-old S. W. from Nieuwstadt and the 33-year-old C. P. from Geldrop. The oldest victim was the president of the Oirsbeek-based Nomads.
Police said on Monday the deaths did not indicate a gang war had started, but admitted a motive for the murders was not yet known. No revenge actions were expected and police have not increased surveillance of the Hells Angels group.
Despite this, German police are monitoring two clubhouses in Viersen and Willich, news agency ANP reported over the weekend.
An autopsy conducted by the Dutch Forensics Institute (NFI) confirmed that all three men died from several shot wounds. It is not yet known when the shooting occurred, or how long the victims were lying in the water.
They were last seen at about 8.30pm on 11 February in front of the Nomads clubhouse. Family members reported two of the victims as missing last Friday morning. The first body was found at about 10am on Friday and the other two were discovered on Friday night.
Police hope to speak with witnesses who might have seen the victims in the time between their disappearance and their deaths, public news service NOS reported.
Investigations in and around the stream were expected to be completed on Monday and 25 police officers have been assigned to the case. Police seized two cars from the Oirsbeek clubhouse on Friday.
The website of De Nomads has been taken offline, but dozens of reactions and condolences have been submitted to the websites of other Dutch Hells Angels cubs.
The men are expected to be buried in the Nomads grave in the southern city of Sittard. The funeral will be held on Wednesday and Hells Angels gang members from across the globe are expected to attend.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news