People in Sweden have gathered to mourn the loss of four people killed in a terrorist attack on Friday April 7, 2017. After a hijacked truck drove into pedestrians in a shopping district in Stockholm, Swedes have visited the site of the tragedy and left flowers and other memorial tokens to commemorate those who lost their lives. It was while paying his respects, one man noticed that one victim had not yet been commemorated – a rescue dog named Iggy.
Markus Krantz, who lives near to the area, noticed that Iggy had not yet received a token of remembrance when he visited the street with his girlfriend.
“I saw no one put a flower or lit a candle in the place where the poor dog was killed during Friday’s attack,” Krantz wrote on Facebook. “So we gave him our own little memorial. The collar belonged to my first dog, Ebba, who passed away this summer.”
He also laid down flowers, dog biscuits and a few candles. His mother asked him to send a photo, which he did by posting it online, and since then, he’s received an outpouring of positive responses for his kind gesture.
Iggy was a rescue dog from Dogs Aid Animal Sanctuary in Dublin and was adopted by a family in Sweden in 2012. The animal rescue group became aware of Krantz’s tribute and asked if he would leave a card at the makeshift memorial on their behalf.
“We are deeply saddened to learn that one of our dogs was killed in the terrorist attack in Stockholm. DOGS AID IGGY found his beautiful home in Sweden in 2012,” the group wrote online. “R.I.P. beautiful, special boy. Run to the Bridge dear one, all of your Dogs Aid friends will be waiting for you. One hundred thousand stars will light your way.”
The group added, “Our thoughts are with IGGY’S family. They loved him so much and gave him the best life imaginable. His family would like privacy at this sad and traumatic time.”
Krantz’ gesture for Iggy has since grown, with others leaving flowers, candles and other items of respect for Iggy on the sidewalk where he died.
Sweden held a minute of silence for the victims on Monday April 10th, at which Prime Minister Stefan Lofven spoke, saying, “Our unity will always be stronger than the forces that seek to tear us apart.”