“It gives us great pleasure to see so many people, from all over the country, come to pay one last tribute to Peter. This affects us greatly,” Ikink read.
“Peter thought it was important for everyone who meant something to say goodbye to him. We would like to thank everyone for this gesture and the tremendous support we have received over the past period.”
At 21.10, the last people who wanted to say goodbye came inside. About 8:30 p.m., there were still hundreds of people in line who came to give de Vries the last salute. The municipality then announced that the doors would be closed and that no one could join the queue. The plan was for the audience to be greeted until 8 p.m. on Wednesday.
Three girls from Amsterdam were allowed to pass. “We were really lucky. We’ve been waiting over 1.5 hours,” someone says with relief. “Impressive” they say goodbye when they come out again. “It made me completely silent and emotional. There were a lot of flowers.”
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Throughout the day there was great interest in saying goodbye to de Vries. Since seven in the morning, people have gathered to pay a final salute to the deceased crime journalist. Carré’s doors opened shortly before 11 am. Funeral company Monota estimated that about 6,000 people were inside as of 8 p.m.
De Vries died last week as a result of the shootings over a week ago in Amsterdam. The funeral will be held in secret Thursday.