A Belgian psychologist and mother to an 18-month-old son who worked with asylum seekers facing deportation has been named as the latest victim of Stockholm’s terror attack.
Maïlys Dereymaeker, 31, from the small town of Lembeek near Brussels was waiting for friends on the corner when a truck went on a rampage and intentionally plowed into pedestrians last Friday, injuring 15 and claiming the lives of at least four victims.
Four men were arrested after the attack, with one thought to be an ISIS supporter.
According to The Daily Mail, Dereymaeker was the first victim to be struck and she died instantly at the scene. Her body was so mangled from the impact, it took forensic experts two days to identify her using DNA samples.
The young mother worked in detention centers for Belgium’s Immigration Office, often assisting illegal immigrants facing deportation such as the one who killed her, Rakhmat Akilov, whose asylum claim was reportedly rejected in Sweden last year.
Dereymaeker has been described as being “very committed to helping asylum seekers” according to La Dernière Heure newspaper.
The Belgian psychologist was on vacation in Stockholm with friends from work, which came to an abrupt and heartbreaking end.
One of her friends told reporters that she was a talented musician and member of an orchestra. “It is difficult for me to talk about her death,” said her distraught friend. “She played the flute and taught music to children.”
She was beloved by many and described as “really positive about life” and “always smiling”.
Dereymaeker is the second victim to be identified after Briton Crispin Bevington, 41, was named Sunday.
On Monday, the fourth victim was reported as a woman from Uddevalla, a small town in western Sweden.
Breitbart reports that police chief Erik Nord called for Sweden to deport migrants who show support for “violent extremism” after reports surfaced that the Stockholm terrorist had posted ISIS propaganda to Facebook and “liked” pictures of casualties in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack in 2013.
In response to Nord’s deportation demand, Justice Minister Morgan Johansson denounced the suggestion and asked the police chief “explain himself.” He also pointed to the nation’s “freedom of speech” and added that this doesn’t include “hate speech.”
Lastly, Johansson sided with the migrants, saying they could risk “persecution” if they were deported back to their native countries.
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