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Candlelight Vigil to Be Held at Blönduós Tonight

A candlelight vigil will be held tonight at the Blönduós sports ground in Northwest Iceland. Candles will be placed on the running track in solidarity with the victims and mourners of last Sunday’s shooting.

Community still recovering from the tragedy

As reported last weekend, a gunman opened fire at a private residence in Blönduós, Northwest Iceland, at 5.30 AM on Sunday. The two victims of the attack were married. The woman died; the man was airlifted to Reykjavík for medical treatment, where he remains in serious condition.

The police authorities in Northwest Iceland have stated that they have a “rough idea” of the events of last Sunday, although many aspects of the case remain unclear. Sources of the news outlet Vísir suggest that the motive behind the attack was work-related (the male victim of the shooting was the attacker’s former employer) and that the intruder was killed in an altercation with the couple’s son in the immediate aftermath of the shotting.

A “moment of love” to be held tonight

In the wake of the tragedy, the Húnabyggð municipality released a public statement saying that residents were shocked by the shooting. Reading the statement aloud in the media, Guðmundur Haukur Jakobsson, Chair of the Húnabyggð municipality, stated: “We’re broken and accept all the solidary that you can offer us.”

The municipality has announced that it will hold a “moment of love” at the Blönduós sports ground tonight at 9 PM. Candles will be placed on the running track to show solidarity with the victims, their family and loved ones.

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