Four people were killed, 15 people were injured and one dog died in the Stockholm terrorist attack on Friday afternoon when a man hijacked a truck and drove directly into a busy shopping center. The terrorist, Rakhmat Akilov, whose asylum status was rejected, has been arrested as the chief suspect. Markus Krantz, 37, and his girlfriend went to the scene of the attack after it was re-opened to the public, but they noticed something missing; nothing had been done to remember the death of the dog named Iggy.
According to the non profit rescue group, Dog’s Aid, from Dublin, Iggy had been a rescue dog adopted by a family in Sweden. Markus thought it only fitting to leave the dog flowers and a message on their behalf. The original photo he posted garnered more than 50,000 views on Facebook as it showed dog biscuits, candles and a leash at the site where Iggy was killed. The leash belonged to Markus’ dog who died last year. When the rescue group was informed of Iggy’s death, they posted the following heartbreaking message on their Facebook page:
“We are deeply saddened to learn that one of our dogs was killed in the terrorist attack in Stockholm. DOGS AID IGGY found his beautiful home in Sweden in 2012.
R.I.P. beautiful, special boy.
Run to the Bridge dear one, all of your Dogs Aid friends will be waiting for you. One hundred thousand stars will light your way. A memorial in tribute to Iggy where he took his last walk is now full of flowers, candles and candy. Our thoughts are with IGGY’S family. They loved him so much and gave him the best life imaginable. His family would like privacy at this sad and traumatic time.”
“Iggy Run Free, from all ur friends in Dogs Aid in Dublin.”
Since then more people have visited Iggy’s memorial site leaving pictures, children’s drawings, and even a stuffed dog. And then there was this note:
“Beloved dog that lost your life on Friday 07 April 2017. Your life was also important, it meant something to someone. Rest In Peace little one, it’s sad that you had to be exposed for someone’s hate. You are surrounded by love. /Lola, Billy (our Shiba Inu) & Patrik.”
On Monday at noon, there was a minute of silence held for all the victims at a ceremony at Stockholm City Hall; less than a mile away from the egregious rampage:
“Our unity will always be stronger than the forces that seek to tear us apart,” Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said. “ Our way of life will never be suppressed. Our democracy will triumph over fundamentalism.”
Our sympathies for all who lost their lives. May you rest in peace.
(Photos of dog killed in Stockholm via Markus Krantz and Dogs Aid Facebook pages)
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