26-year-old Simmy Poetsema, a soldier who died in a shooting last weekend in Indianapolis, USA. Corporal 1st Class, the commandant at the barracks at Roosenthal, was severely wounded by bullets fired and died later that night.
Two more commandos were also injured in the firing. Shamar Duncan, 22, has been arrested as a suspect.
The bodies of Poetsema and the two victims will be brought to the Netherlands this week.
Mainly someone who likes to help others
Commando was mainly known to his force as someone who wanted to help others. For example, he did great service to his unit last year when he was sent to Kabul, Afghanistan on evacuation orders.
While chaos was mounting around the airport, Boetsema, among others, built a new access road to the airport. This enabled the commandos to evacuate hundreds of Dutch citizens and Afghans.
A minute’s silence in green berets
At the commandos’ home base in Roosenthal, green berets elaborately reflected their loss of size. A minute’s silence was observed. A quiet area has also been set up. It has been used a lot in recent days.
The shooting was reportedly preceded by an argument at a bar. The mayor of the American city announced this earlier, local media reported.
According to Mayor Joe Hoxett, police have a “good idea” of what happened. “As I understand it, there was an argument in a bar, after which the Dutch soldiers went back to their hotel. I don’t know what they were doing outside, but I was told that they were shot through. The vehicle and, as a result, three casualties.”
Dutch commandos are engaged in exercise in the state of Indiana. Also Dutch commandos are staying at the hotel where the shooting took place.
Local police are investigating the shooting incident. In addition, three detectives from the Royal Netherlands Marichausy traveled to Indianapolis to gather information.
Firing commando killed, suspect (22) arrested
Commanding officer of barracks in Roosenthal dies in US firing
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