The children of the victim of the shooting in Blönduós have released a statement in which they critiqued media coverage of the attack, and asked for peace while they grieve.
The attack took place this Sunday morning, August 21, at 5:30 AM. Two were left dead and one seriously injured after the attack, which appears to have been a dispute between a former employee and the victim.
Following the attack, two were taken into custody. However, they have since been released.
In their statement, the children of the victim said:
“On Sunday, our lives changed forever and will never be the same again. We mourn our mother and our father is seriously injured in the hospital. We have received warm greetings and support from all over the country. For that we are grateful. It is more difficult than words can describe to go through what we are experiencing right now. It is even more serious when the media reports false and misleading news about incidents and invades our privacy by posting pictures and repeatedly calling us, our closest friends and relatives. Therefore, we kindly ask the media to respect the privacy of our private life, family and home. We need peace to deal with this trauma, to mourn our mother and care for our father. Because today, nothing is more important than his recovery. Everything we have to say is stated above. We will not comment further. We reiterate that we ask the media to respect it. Sandra, Hilmar, Pétur and Karen.”
Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir has also released a statement regarding the tragedy, seen above in a Facebook post. In her statement, she called on the entire nation to support the affected community in their time of need.