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Estonian shooter’s father is a respected person in Viljandi County

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe father of the Estonian shooter is a respected person in Viljandi County. He is not only the head of Palalinna School Parents’ Council, but had also taken part in municipal elections from the same political party as the current Mayor.

The 15-year-old Vahurs, who shot his teacher Ene Sarap (56), lived in Lodi village, some 12 km away from school. Locals have told De Facto programme of LTV that their family is very isolated. «Their grandfather died. We worked with him together. We seldom met with their son. We did not talk at all. They are the kind of people who isolate themselves from others. They do not want to communicate with others,» – says a neighbour of the family.

Locals described the father as a kind of person who often puts his own opinion as the only true one. Although the family was isolated, the father of the family was well known in the county. «The boy’s father was a very prominent person. He had a lot of friends. This is why no one wants to talk about him,» – notes a resident of Viljandi.

According to De Facto, the County Council Administration is also reluctant to speak about this family. However, there is one fact that prevents this situation from going under the radar – the father of the family took part in elections from the same list as the current Mayor of Vijandi Ando Kivibergs. With that, it is understandable why Kivibergs is reluctant to discuss this matter and why residents are concerned this situation could be silenced for good. The party is also generally reluctant to speak of the school shooting. «Representatives of Isamaa ja Res Publica Liit Veiko Lukmans writes that Vahurs Ruts (the father has the same name as the son) started in municipal elections from our list, but he is not a member of our party. What happened there has no political context. It is a tragedy.»

Places of mourning have been placed in the school and the County Council. No one is allowed to talk to school employees. This is likely because people want to forget what happened as soon as possible. At the same time, however, a lot is said about Vahurs on his Facebook profile: along with multiple photos where he is seen with firearms there are also entries like «born to kill» and «Don’t judge me because I am quiet. No one plans murder loudly.» Firearms can also be seen on his Youtube account. He had also talked about them a lot on a popular website for teenagers The question a sensible person would ask in this situation is why didn’t anyone take notice of this earlier? However, the father’s Facebook profile also points to interests in the military. If the investigation concludes that it was the father’s neglect that led to firearms ending up in his son’s hands, he will also stand before court.

Vahurs Jr. had been noticed by the police earlier. This spring, the police had performed a raid in schools – officers were looking for narcotics. What they found was a home-made knife in Vahurs’ bag. Later, police officers met with the boy’s father to explain in detail why it is not a good idea to carry a knife to school. Up until now, Vahurs was interrogated only once. One day after the murder, Vahurs suffered a nervous breakdown and was handed over to doctors. «He told investigators he understands what he has done. He admits his crime. When investigators asked him what motivated him to commit such a crime, he said his relationships with the teacher were not good at all. This is what motivated him,» – said South Estonian Prosecutor’s Office representative Kristina Kostina.

At the same time, Vahurs did not tell anyone in school or at home that he has problems with one of his teachers.

In spite of the fact that Vahurs is a minor, the Estonian legislation allows raising charges against him for murder. He may face up to ten years in prison.


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  1. Linda says:

    Good he admitted his crime. Perhaps the parent(s) should focus more on their offspring and less on their own importance then difficulties in a child’s life may be sorted out before resulting in the above tragedy. And keep the guns locked up and train responsibility for firearms.

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