Utrecht commemorates the third anniversary of the terrorist attack on the city’s tram

On Friday morning, more than 200 relatives, victims, witnesses and residents of Utrecht involved commemorated a terrorist attack on a city tram at 24 Oktoberplein. Gokmen T. opened fire on the downtown express tram three years ago, killing four people and injuring many others.

The commemoration was open to the public for the first time. Due to the coronavirus closures, the first two commemorations had to be held in a small circle. The shooter was sentenced to life in prison for the terrorist act.

“Terrorism is always meaningless and destructive,” Deputy Mayor Lot van Hooijdonk said. According to Van Hooijdonk, the attack “changed the world forever” for victims, aid workers and loved ones.

The alderman replaced Sharon Dijksma, who was unable to attend because she has the coronavirus. She called it “very annoying” not being able to be at the first public memorial, speaking to RTV Utrecht. “It’s a time when you have to be there. I’m someone who’s very specific about it, and letting go is very sour.”

After a minute of silence, police officers, paramedics, relatives, Justice and Security Minister Dilan Yeşilgöz and MP Arne Schaddelee, among others, laid flowers at the monument in memory of the attack. The Domtoren bells rang four times, once for each person killed.

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