Monday, January 26, 2009

Thousands take part in quiet march in Belgium for daycare murder victims

DENDERMONDE, Belgium - Thousands of Belgians marched in quiet tribute Sunday to two babies and a child minder killed in a frenzied knife attack on a daycare.
Police estimated that about 8,000 people, including many families with children, walked through the town of Dendermonde, 20 miles west of Brussels, to the Fabeltjesland -- Fairytale Land -- daycare, scene of Friday's attack.
Prosecutors have charged a 20-year-old unemployed Belgian with murdering the babies and a woman, and wounding 12 others, 10 of them children, in what seems to be a motiveless attack.
Local media dubbed the assailant the "Joker" killer because his face was painted white and his eyes blackened, like the criminal mastermind in the Batman films. The murders happened almost a year to the day of Heath Ledgers suicide.

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