Next of kin about cinema murders: ‘Why was this man allowed to walk around for so long?’

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Three relatives of the cleaning couple who were murdered in a cinema on the Zuiderdiep in Stad told their story during the trial against suspect Ergün S. In this article you can read how their lives were turned upside down at the end of October last year.

Daughter herself worked for cinema for almost ten years

Laura Visser, the daughter of Gina and Marinus Visser, lives 500 meters from the cinema and has worked there for ten years. The Visser couple has been associated with the Pathé cinema since the 1980s.

“To this day I cannot believe this happened to my brother Edwin and me,” she begins her story. ‘My life has changed completely. Here you are, as the daughter of the couple of the horrific cinema murders of last October. ‘

Fall was favorite season

‘As soon as I am writing this, I look outside and see the leaves getting their beautiful autumn colors again,’ says Visser. ‘Autumn has always been my favorite season. But this year it feels very different. It now reminds me of October 26, 2019. ‘

Mom, are you okay? Can you call me if you have time?

The last text message from Laura Visser to her mother

‘I was up on time that morning. I received the first whatsapps about the news around 9.45 am. Very strange, but my first thought was that my parents had found the bodies. I was worried and immediately tried to call my mother. No answer, so I texted her. Mom, are you okay? Can you call me if you have time?“Not knowing this was my last message to my mom.”

The Visser family has been working in the cinema for years

Visser says that she herself also worked in the conscious Pathé cinema. ‘My parents put in a good word for me, and that’s how I got hired. I walked around there for almost ten years, found the love of my life, and got to know almost all my friends there. People my parents have all known. When I had a day shift at the weekend, I always ran into my parents and we had another cup of coffee. Then my shift started, and their working day was already over. ‘

Laura and her parents are not the only Fishermen who have worked in the cinema. ‘Uncles, aunts, nephews and nieces have all cleaned a movie theater at some point. My brother has been working with my parents in Pathé since he was a teenager. With a small team they cleaned the cinema every morning. Work hard, but then drink coffee together in the canteen. That ended abruptly on October 26, 2019. ‘

‘My whole life collapsed’

The couple’s daughter tells how her boyfriend calls one of the managers of Pathé Groningen that morning. ‘It was a short conversation, it didn’t feel right. My friend was remarkably quiet. Less than ten minutes later, I opened the door. Pathé’s theater manager and a police officer were at our front door. ‘

I remember screaming really loud and not wanting to believe it was about them

Laura Visser, daughter of the couple

“All sorts of emotions went through my mind, and I realized very well that I was going to be told that something serious had happened to my parents. The moment my manager did indeed tell me that my mom and dad had been found dead that morning, my whole life fell apart. I remember screaming really loud and not wanting to believe it was about them. ‘

Visser and her boyfriend then spend hours at the police station on the Rademarkt in the city of Groningen. Her little brother is currently on vacation in South Korea and hears the news from Laura’s boyfriend.

Breakfast plates still on the counter

The day after the murders, Visser drives with her uncle and aunt to her parents’ house. The breakfast plates are still on the counter, the laundry is still hanging out on the drying rack. “The ponies in the pasture moved back and forth restlessly, as if they sensed something was wrong.”

Identify the worst

Visser calls identifying her parents ‘the worst’.

The way their lives have declined is beyond comprehension

Laura Visser, daughter of the couple

‘I still remember very well the moment I saw them for the first time,’ says Visser. I burst into tears, and could barely stand on my own two feet. It’s terrible to see your own parents who raised you lying dead on a bed. The way their lives have declined is inconceivable, ‘she says with emotion in her voice.

Think back every day

‘Every day I think back to what happened that morning. In my head I hear the terrible screams of my mother who is being attacked and falls backwards. I see the fear in her eyes. My dad rushing into the sound of my mom, and doesn’t know what’s going on. A fight ensues that my father did not win. ”

“Within two minutes both my parents were horribly slaughtered by the man who is here today to hear how many people he hurt in this horrible act. A man who has been in contact with the police several times. A man who didn’t take his medication, chose to use drugs, walked down the street with a knife. Completely confused. Why has this man been able to walk around in the street for so long? ‘

Angry and sad

‘Were my parents in the wrong place at the wrong time? No, they were just working. I am so angry and sad. If he had been taken off the street earlier, my parents would still be alive. As sick as this man may be, my little brother Edwin and I will never forgive this monster. ‘

Had he been taken off the street earlier, my parents would still be alive

Laura Visser, daughter of the couple

‘I’m still in a movie that never ends. So much has been taken from us. And suppose my brother, who was in South Korea at the time of the murders, had also been there that morning. Could he have done something? Or would I have been standing in front of three boxes? ‘

‘My parents will never experience how beautiful it is to be a grandfather and grandmother. During my pregnancy I cannot ask what it was like for mom to be pregnant with me. My father had been such a great grandfather. They were such down-to-earth, loving and innocent people. Now it’s just memories. That is, besides the photos, the only thing I have left of them. ‘

Sisters also tell stories

Laura Visser is not the only one who tells her story on Tuesday. Karin Visser, sister of the late Marinus, and Christina Kaper, sister of the late Gina, also tell their story in court.

Cinema was second home

‘The cinema was my brother’s second home,’ says Karin Visser. “You’ll never be able to comprehend what this has done to me and my family.”

After some emotional moments, Visser turns to Ergün S. ‘My life has changed, and that is your fault. For our family, life changes forever, and you did. … It is not for me to punish, but I hope you will never be released again. To protect you from yourself, and even more so to keep society safe. ‘

Strong people

Christina Kaper describes her brother-in-law Marinus as a ‘strong man who always did strength training’.

“And my sister was a strong woman too.”

She tells about the moment she tells her mother about the death of her daughter. She stood in the middle of the room, Kaper asked her to sit down for a moment. “No, right?” He had cried. “Is it Gina and Marinus?”

Requirement: tbs with compulsory nursing

The court will rule on the cinema murders on October 27. The Public Prosecution Service has demanded compulsory hospital care, because Ergün S. has been declared completely insane. S.’s lawyers agree with this requirement.

Also read:
– Tbs demanded with forced nursing against ‘cinema killer’ Ergün S.
– Suspicious cinema murders had already been there a week earlier





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