Flags across Bunschoten are hanging at half mast today in remembrance of 14-year-old Savannah Dekker, who was found dead on an industrial terrain in the town on Sunday. Her family's church dedicated the Pentecost sermon to Savannah on Monday and her school arranged a meeting to offer support for teachers, classmates and parents.
Johan Cruijff's death on Thursday shook the Netherlands by the roots. Dozens of people, both in and out of the football world, expressed the shock, sadness and condolences in the minutes after his death was announced.
In the municipality of Haaksbergen, the sorrow is deep over the loss of the three victims who were killed in the monster truck rampage of last weekend. De Telegraaf writes that everyone the town, which has 24,000 residents, knew one of the victims either directly or indirectly.
One of the victims, the 5-year-old Tim, was a big fan of cars. De Telegraaf writes that he and his 8-year-old sister Marit were in the first row at the show. When the monster truck barreled into the crowd, Tim died on the spot. His sister Marit is in a coma in the hospital.
The victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine were remembered in Hilversum on Sunday afternoon. The memorial service drew thousands of people at the Sint-Vitus Church, exactly one month since the crash, NU.nl reports.
More than two million people saw the ceremony around the arrival of the first victims of flight MH17 that took place on airport Eindhoven yesterday, during the National Day of Mourning. In attendance were King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima as well as Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Questions are also being raised about Malaysia Airline's choice of route, after it emerged that several other airlines had avoided a flight path via eastern Ukraine for months. These include American airline Delta, Australian carrier Qantas and Hong Kong firm Cathay Pacific.
Following the missile strike and subsequent crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, the Airline is now focusing on working with emergency responders and authorities. Full support will be given to the on-going investigations, the airline said in a statement, and the company has deployed a "Go Team" of caregivers and volunteers to Amsterdam's Schiphol airport to assist family members.