Tributes pour in for murdered criminal offense journalist Peter R de Vries

Mourners at the spot exactly where he was shot. Image: Ramon van Flymen ANP

The demise of criminal offense journalist Peter R. de Vries dominates the front web pages on Friday, with pics taking up most of the cover of the Telegraaf, Advertisement and Volkskrant.

The Telegraaf, wherever De Vries started his occupation in 1978, devoted its initially 4 webpages to offering pals and colleagues place to share their stories.

‘His reserved visual appearance, the piercing seem and the nasal voice they had been a change-off to some. But the individuals who knew him greater knew that all those wrinkles next to his eyes indicated humor and other emotions,’ the paper’s courtroom reporter Saskia Belleman said.

‘Relatives of the victims of criminal offense which De Vries took on, were mad about him. If Peter got involved in your scenario, you understood that they would not be neglected.’

De Vries was most likely very best acknowledged for his operate on chilly situations – making certain that numerous higher profile murders had been last but not least resolved a long time following the simple fact. But he also fought for refugee legal rights and was a staunch critic of racism and considerably suitable politics.

Primary minister Mark Rutte mentioned that De Vries was ‘always in search of the truth and justice.’ And that, Rutte stated, ‘makes it all the far more spectacular that such a good injustice has been carried out to him.’

In the Lange Leidesdwarstraat in Amsterdam, exactly where De Vries was shot 10 times ago immediately after showing on a tv programme, dozens of people today have come to spend tribute and lay bouquets.

Tv converse demonstrates on Thursday evening ended up also devoted to De Vries, who was a frequent visitor on a lot of. In complete, 4.7 million people watched a single of additional programmes, in accordance to formal figures.


An on the web condolence e-book has also been opened and signed by thousands of effectively wishers.

‘Justice, that is what you stood for. You had been a hero,’ wrote Ibrahim Yaman. ‘Beaten in the fight in opposition to injustice. Your lifestyle was taken from you in this sort of a cowardly way. You will by no means be forgotten,’ wrote Sandra de Bruijn.

The 64-year-old’s family members explained they have been ‘immeasurably proud, but also inconsolable’ as they verified his dying in a statement on Thursday.

De Vries was shot in the head from near range on July 6, just soon after leaving a tv studio at around 7.30pm.

Two males have been arrested for the murder and have been remanded in custody.

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