BELGRADE, (Xinhua): A mass funeral was held on Friday for the 13 victims of a bloody
rampage in the Serbian village of Velika Ivanca, attended by thousands of mourners, reported
Radio Television Serbia (RTS).
State Secretary at the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vladimir Bozovic expressed condolences to
the families of the victims, saying the tragedy befell the village on Tuesday should be a call
for “solidarity, brotherly love, forgiveness, faith and hope.”
“Let us ask ourselves what we are willing to do for each other,” said Bozovic, adding that the
country needed to find out the reasons for the massacre to prevent it from occurring again.
On Tuesday, Ljubisa Bogdanovic, 60, went from house to house in the village and killed 13
neighbours and relatives, including a two-year-old boy, with a handgun.
Bogdanovic had a permit for the firearm and no record of psychological problems. He was a
war veteran and both he and his son lost their jobs recently. Bogdanovic died of self-inflicted
wounds in hospital afterwards.
Serbian Orthodox Bishop Jovan, who presided over the funeral, called the tragedy an event
that “blocks the tongue and inhibits reason,” calling on mourners to ask themselves about
their own lives and their willingness to “sacrifice, forgive, love, and comfort others.”
The country declared an official day of mourning in what Serbian Prime Minister Ivica Dacic
called “the worst crime that has hit Serbia in recent years, perhaps decades, not counting
crimes during the war.”
Editor: Mu Xuequan