Monday 23 October 2017

VIDEO: Friends and family pay tribute to loved victims

Terri Judd in Oslo

THE enormity of the Norwegian tragedy became more evident yesterday as pictures of the dead and missing began to emerge: images of bright, ambitious youngsters.

As the country's minute-long silence stretched to five outside Oslo cathedral, the authorities revised the death toll to 76.

Among the victims were:

•Trond Berntsen (51), stepbrother of Norway's Crown Princess Mette Marit, died fighting to save youngsters on Utoya. In his last call to his girlfriend, he said he was trying to help youths leave the island but would soon become the gunman's second victim.

•Gunnar Linaker (23), was called a "big bear" by his family. Father Roald said he was on the phone to his son when the attack started. His sister survived by hiding behind a bush.

•Monica Bosei (45), was hoping to start a job as director of the Norwegian Maritime Museum in a few days, having worked on Utoya for more than 20 years.

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said she was someone he had known personally: "For a lot of us she was Utoya. Now she's dead. Shot and killed while she was caring and creating safety for youths ."

•Ismail Haji Ahmed's close friend Mohamed Abdi Farah wrote on Facebook: "My twin Isma my true best friend who means everything to me I will always love you."

•The 17-year-old Torjus Blattmann's father Trond wrote on Facebook: "Torjus was an incredibly fine and good and loving boy and what we are experiencing is completely unreal and incredibly painful."

•Syvert Knudsen (17), a chef and leader of Lyngdal AUF, has not answered the phone since the shooting. Stepfather Hvard Melsnes explained: "There isn't much hope, but it's important for us that he is found."

"It is sad to think that you always said you were so lonely and that you always were so sad," wrote one friend in tribute.

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