Gulbene tragedy spotlights death penalty

  • 1999-03-04
  • Sandra L. Medearis
RIGA - The townspeople of Gulbene buried a nursery school teacher and three pupils Feb. 27 while the man held on killing them with an ax and a knife is being held in a Riga jail, charged with murder. Victims of the Feb. 22 knife and ax killings were Anzelika Zvigure, 31, Anastasija Cernova, 6, Olga Kazacenko, 5, and Viktorija Rozina, 4. About 1,200 attended the funeral where three Russian Orthodox priests from Riga, Balvi and Rezekne officiated. All four victims were buried side by side.Father Leonid of Rezekne was quoted in a Baltic News Service report as telling the grief-stricken townspe...
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