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Hundreds gather for slain Malmö teen's funeral

TT/The Local/dl · 11 Jan 2012, 12:15

Published: 11 Jan 2012 12:15 GMT+01:00

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The 15-year-old boy was shot in the head and chest on New Year's Eve near his home in the city's Rosengård district and died from his injuries the following day.

The killing sparked a strong reaction from Malmö residents, who staged an anti-violence demonstration last week as his family called upon the government to tighten gun laws and take action against violence in the city.

"Now the police and the government must act," Samir's father, Diaa Noman, told the Aftonbladet newspaper last week.

"It's not acceptable that people are killed in Malmö and in Rosengård. Now even children are the victims."

Samir's family had received permission from police to allow the deceased boy's funeral procession to double as another demonstration against violence in the city.

“I live in Malmö myself and have children. Obviously I'm concerned about the situation,” a teary-eyed Sara Kassen told the local Skånskan newspaper as the procession passed by Wednesday morning.

When the procession started, a light rain was falling as several hundred people bearing white and yellow roses, as well as signs with slogans such as “Stop violence and illegal weapons”, gathered outside the family's home near Möllevångstorget in central Malmö.

The solemn gathering turned utterly quiet, save for a few sobs of sorrow, as the black hearse carrying Samir's body started to drive away, according to the TT news agency.

The procession was also followed by a large crowd of journalists and photographers.

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Around 11.15am, the procession was completed and Samir's hearse proceeded to Fosie Church for the funeral.

The demonstration remained peaceful as it made it's way through central Malmö, attracting many visibly moved onlookers who lined the sidewalks to join as the procession passed.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

13:04 January 11, 2012 by Achilles7
This article is not very informative. It doesn't posit any explanation as to why the boy was shot and who may have shot him.
13:52 January 11, 2012 by jdrussell
It's nice to see the protesters in the march have assimilated so well into the Sweden. It's great they are marching and proudly displaying the Swedish flag.
14:16 January 11, 2012 by caradoc
@ Achilles

Police are unable at this time to find out why and who did this . I am sure you would like the Local to guess but that would not be informative either.

@ jdrussell.

What the hell has the colour of the flag being carried got to do with this boys death?

Surely this a time of mourning for his family and not the time for scoring cheap political points
15:15 January 11, 2012 by johan rebel
Where was this picture taken? On the streets of Beirut? Damascus?
15:18 January 11, 2012 by gh2008
or the flag is just a message tells us that immigrants can also be victims of violence.
15:43 January 11, 2012 by jvtx3232
It's too bad this forum doesn't have a "like" button such as on Facebook. I would press "like" for jdrussell (#2), johan rebel (#4), and JagHatarAraber (#6).
18:17 January 11, 2012 by Rick Methven
@jvtx3232, Johan rebel and keeping faith

Did you intentionally not read the bit ....

Around 11.15am, the procession was completed and Samir's hearse proceeded to Fosie Church for the funeral.

He was a Christian dickheads
20:22 January 11, 2012 by gh2008
@ jvtx3232,

i am Arab and i feel sorry for you. your feelings itself can tell how miserable your life is!

"Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself".

btw, it is the Iraqi flag!

Rick, the guy (R.I.P) was,in fact, Sabean.
20:55 January 11, 2012 by bramblebush
The question should be, "Why is the victim in Sweden?" He, or those in that parade, are not Swedish....
23:33 January 11, 2012 by GLO
What the H@ll is going on? Why was he in Sweden! What is his background, Police trouble? This is the future Sweden just get used to this everyday in every city. You asked for it! Sorry!!!!
02:33 January 12, 2012 by matona1
so much trouble in the world,RIP fine boy,no where is safe any more
05:44 January 12, 2012 by HenryPollard
If I filled a city with dogs, I wouldn't be shocked to hear an increase in barking.

Similarly, were a city to have an influx of non-European migration, I'd expect to hear an increase in gunshots.
07:39 January 12, 2012 by karex
#12 I agree with the reasoning, except for the qualification of the migration. I believe that there are plenty of European migrants of the criminal sort around here who probably have an even easier time getting into the country than the non-Europeans.

I am sorry for this child's family. Killing is barbaric no mattter who the victing but it is particularly distressing when the victing is a child. No parent should have to go through the loss of a child. Decision makers really need to get their heads out of the sand and address the increasing violence. It does no good to get on the case of the police who are stuck with fixing the mess created by politicians who never seem to consider possible consequences prior to making decisions.
10:08 January 12, 2012 by Liquidmonkey
why was this person killed? i doubt it was over him not returning crayons to a friend.

u don't get shot in the head and chest unless your hanging out with the wrong crowd, ie, criminals.

fact - 80% of the prison population in sweden is NOT swedish!

fact - more shootings and bombings occur in malmö than anywhere else in sweden AND it just happens to have more immigrants than anywhere else in sweden.

this is an easy fix - stop allowing immigrants in the country OR have tougher laws that expel those back to where they came from when they commit a serious crime.

either way, its clearly an immigrant problem.
13:02 January 12, 2012 by biddi
Just the beginning ......
17:16 January 12, 2012 by jvtx3232
Why should an IRAQI flag be displayed in this manner in the streets of SWEDEN, no matter what the occasion is?

Sweden is Sweden, it is NOT Iraq. There should be severe criminal penalties related to sedition for displaying any other nation's flag but the Swedish flag in the streets of Sweden.

If they want to display an Iraqi flag, they should go to Iraq to do it. I would applaud them for displaying an Iraqi flag in the streets of Iraq. Especially if they were doing it in an act of defiance over U.S occupation. (Which, contrary to popular belief, is STILL going on.)
12:59 January 13, 2012 by Achilles7
Re. post #11 - Lots of places in the country are safe: just stay away from the immigrant areas.
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