Funerals set for teen girls killed in separate attacks

Savannah Dekker (left) and Romy Nieuwburg (right) - two 14-year-old girls found dead within 15 kilometers of each other during the first weekend in June 2017
Savannah Dekker (left) and Romy Nieuwburg (right) - two 14-year-old girls found dead within 15 kilometers of each other during the first weekend in June 2017. (Photos: Facebook)

Romy Nieuwburg and Savannah Dekker, two 14-year-old Dutch girls killed in separate attacks last weekend, will both be laid to rest this week. Romy's funeral will be held in her hometown of Hoevelaken on Tuesday. And Savannah will be buried in her hometown of Bunschoten on Wednesday.

Hoevelaken residents who want to say goodbye to Romy, can do so by lining the route of the funeral procession from 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, AD reports. "For example, with a beautiful flower", her family said, according to the newspaper.

The procession will travel from Kantemarsweg, towards Klepperman to Oosterdorpsstraat. From there it will go via Westerdorpstraat and Kantemarsweg to the final destination on Kerkepad. Romy's funeral will be held there in the presence of only her family and friends. 

Romy's body was found in a watery ditch in Achterveld on Friday, June 2nd. The police arrested a 14-year-old by from Lunteren. The boy, who knew Romy from school, confessed to sexually assaulting and killing her.

Savannah will be buried in Bunschoten on Wednesday. People can offer condolences to her family between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday in the Advent Church in Bunschoten. Savannah's memorial service will be held in the same church at 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday. The service is open to the public. If there is not enough room in the Advent Church, the service will also be live-streamed in the Zuider Church in the town.  "Savannah liked colorful flowers and come as you are", her family said in the funeral card.

After the service, Savannah's family and friends will accompany her to the Memento Mori cemetery in Bunschoten, where she will be laid to rest.

Savannah disappeared after leaving home on Thursday afternoon, June 1st. Her body was found in a ditch on industrial terrain De Kronkels on Sunday, June 4th. According to the police, she was killed in a crime. A 16-year-old boy was arrested in connection with her death. The Public Prosecutor last week said that more people may have been involved. 

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