AMSTERDAM: 1000’s of individuals lined up Wednesday to pay their final respects to slain crime reporter Peter R. de Vries at a theater on the banks of the Amstel River within the Dutch capital.
De Vries died final Thursday at age 64 after being shot on an Amsterdam avenue on July 6 following certainly one of his common appearances on a Dutch tv present, an assault that despatched shockwaves by the Netherlands.
De Vries’ coffin may very well be seen all day on the Royal Carre Theater.
An enormous photograph of De Vries held on the constructing’s facade alongside the textual content “On bended knee is not any method to be free.”
De Vries was the Netherlands’ most well-known crime journalist, reporting on and writing a bestselling e book concerning the 1983 kidnapping of beer magnate Freddy Heineken and campaigning tirelessly to resolve chilly instances and clear the names of wrongfully convicted individuals.
Two suspects had been arrested shortly after his taking pictures and stay in custody.
Dutch police stated the suspected gunman is a 21-year-old Dutchman, and a 35-year-old Polish man residing within the Netherlands is accused of driving the getaway automobile.
De Vries lately had been an adviser and confidant for a witness within the trial of the alleged chief and different members of a criminal offense gang that police described as an “oiled killing machine.”
The suspected gangland chief, Ridouan Taghi, was extradited to the Netherlands from Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2019.
He stays jailed whereas standing trial together with 16 different suspects.
A non-public funeral was deliberate Thursday for household and pals.