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Town reeling as police search continues

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Town reeling as police search continues
14:59 CEST+02:00
As police continue their search of the area where the 4-year-old boy was found dead on Sunday evening by scouring the location and going from door to door in the neighbourhood near the scene of the crime, the local community is trying to get to grips with what has happened.

At nearby Kungshögsskolan, located only a few blocks away from the scene of the crime, and where one of the murdered 4-year-old's six siblings is also a student, staff is doing what they can to assuage the worries.

”We want to have as normal and safe a school-day as possible. School should be a place where everyone feels safe. But a terribly tragic incident like this creates concern,” said principal Ann-Christin Peterson-Rosén to news agency TT.

Staff and students are trying to continue as normal after the tragedy. But it is difficult and the concern among parents, children and staff is tangible.

Extra staff has now been called in to keep an eye out when the children play outside.

”Apart from talking to the students they will be vigilant as to who comes to the school. This is staff that the kids are familiar with from before,” she said.

Both children and adults have been visiting the local church. There they leave messages for the stricken family and light candles to honour the memory of the dead 4-year-old.

”It always feels worse when it is such a small child. I think this incident affects our entire country,” said vicar Håkan Sjömar to TT.

The church has extended its opening hours to cater for all those who need solace.

”And considering how many have visited so far it is filling an important function,” Sjömar said.

After the preliminary autopsy of the 4-year-old boy's body, police are continuing the investigation into his murder.

So far no one has been brought in on suspicion for boy's killing. While police have said the autopsy revealed what caused the boy's death, they remain tight lipped about exactly how the boy died.

Sniffer dogs and forensic officers has been scouring the area, which was cordoned off by police after the macabre discovery on Sunday evening.

The police are hoping for more tip-offs from the residents in the area.

”We have already made some findings and we will continue to question a lot of people. But I can't make public anything about what we have found or the information we have gleaned at this stage,” Kronoberg police spokesperson Robert Loeffel told TT.

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