Crimea mourns school massacre victims at tearful funeral

Lamar Ellis
October 20, 2018

The Oct. 17 violence also was the deadliest school attack in Russian Federation since the 2004 Beslan attack by Chechen separatists, which left 333 people dead, many of them children, during a three-day siege.

More than 40 others were injured in what local press dubbed "Russia's Columbine", a reference to a 1999 United States high school massacre.

Mourners laid flowers and wept as they filed past closed coffins, set out on a public square in the centre of the small city of 146,000 people.

Screen capture from video of the aftermath of an explosion in the city of Kerch in eastern Crimea, October 17, 2018.

The mourning ceremony will be followed by a procession towards Kerch's new cemetery.

The Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper quoted student Semyon Gavrilov, who said he fell asleep during a lecture and woke up to the sound of shooting. They also beefed up security at a new 19-kilometer (11.8-mile) bridge that links the peninsula with Russian Federation that opened earlier this year. All central roads have been closed.

Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov said late on Wednesday that 12 people were in an extremely serious condition.

Military forces block the road to the site of attack at a vocational school in Kerch in Crimea, Russia.

Numerous casualties taken to hospital are reportedly in a serious condition.

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"Attendance of schools and kindergartens has fallen significantly today, because parents are still anxious about the situation".

Russia's top investigative agency says an explosive device rigged with metal fragments caused the carnage at the school. "I think that we are hiding something: it is hard to believe that this boy was able to organise everything alone", stated Oleg Jmaka, director of a sports school, questioning the money that has had to spend Rosliakov to prepare for his massacre. "It's because something happened in the head of a young man".

He had spoken to her about taking revenge for this bullying, RT reported Zlata as saying. The shooter was later identified as Vladislav Roslyakov, 18, who officials said had lived in the area.

Pupils and college staff were among those killed, she said.

"By all appearances this is the result of globalisation, as odd as that may seem", Putin said at a forum in the Black Sea city of Sochi.

Several media outlets made a comparison with the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in the US, which left 13 people dead.

They alleged photos of the Kerch killer circulating on the internet showed him wearing a similar T-shirt to Eric Harris, one of the Columbine killers. "The motives will be carefully investigated". The paper said Roslyakov's mother is a Jehovah's Witness, a Christian organization considered "extremist" and banned in Russian Federation.

According to some Russian news reports, the attacker had left his backpack containing the explosives in the cafeteria and remotely detonated it before he went on the rampage with the legally obtained shotgun.

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