Silent grief and mourning filled the Rodopi village of Aratos on Wednesday, where the body of 18-year-old Hussein Daiyicik returned for the last time to be buried, after his death in a killing spree unloosed by a single gunman in a Munich shopping mall last Friday.
His parents and two siblings escorted him back from Munich to the family’s home village in Rodopi, where the teenager had returned each year in the summer.
The funeral was attended by Interior and Administrative Reconstruction Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis, who offered his condolences to the family and also conveyed the condolences of Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Parliament President Nikos Voutsis, who each sent a wreath. Three Rodopi MPs — Moustafa Moustafa, Aichan Karagiousouf and Ilhan Ahmet — also attended, as did the Maronia and Komotini Metropolitan Panteleimon, who offered his condolences to the family in a gesture signalling peaceful religious coexistence and solidarity in a multicultural area, such as Rodopi and Thrace.
The funeral was conducted by Komotini Mufti Chief Secretary, in the presence of Komotini Mufti Metso Tzemali, after which the villagers of Aratos lifted the wooden coffin wrapped in the Muslim ‘kefen’ and transported it to the village graveyard to be buried.
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