13 victims of Serbia shooting spree buried

2013-04-12 13:00
Mourners arrive to a cemetery prior to a mass funeral for the victims of a shooting in the village of Velika Ivanca. (Darko Vojinovic, AP)

Mourners arrive to a cemetery prior to a mass funeral for the victims of a shooting in the village of Velika Ivanca. (Darko Vojinovic, AP)

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Velika Ivanca - Thirteen people gunned down in Serbia's worst massacre in two decades, will be buried on Friday as police are left without a motive for the killing after the gunman died in hospital from a self-inflicted wound.

The village of Velika Ivanca, about 50km south of Belgrade was unusually quiet on Friday morning as dozens of villagers, carrying flowers and candles, silently poured towards the local church.

At the local cemetery final preparations were underway for the funerals that will take place after a religious procession at 13:00.

The gunman Ljubisa Bogdanovic, would not be among those buried at Friday's funeral.

He died on Thursday in a Belgrade hospital, two days after shooting himself in the head following a rampage through the tiny village that left six men, six women and a 2-year-old boy dead.

The victims, all but two of them Bogdanovic's relatives, including his son and mother, were mostly killed in bed as they slept.

'No more life for us'

Some neighbours initially expressed surprise that he was capable of such violence, but both his wife and brother-in-law have said he had a history of domestic violence.

His wife, Javorka, who was shot twice but survived, on Thursday offered harrowing testimony of the bloodbath, the Balkan country's worst such shooting in 20 years.

She reportedly told police that Bogdanovic had told her "there was no more life for us", before starting the shooting spree.

The killer's exact motives for the murder spree remain unclear but family members said some of his relatives had undergone psychiatric treatment in the past. Locals said his father committed suicide when he was a child.

Bogdanovic fought as a member of Serb forces during the 1990s war in neighbouring Croatia. After losing his job as a labourer last year, he became a farmer.

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