Kawasaki school holds service for victims of 2019 stabbing spree


A memorial service was held Saturday at a private elementary school in Kawasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture, to mark three years since two people were killed and 18 others injured by a knife-wielding man as they waited at a bus stop.

Caritas Elementary School held a mass for the victims, while local residents placed flowers at the bus stop where the attack occurred, Kyodo News reported.

The incident occurred at around 7:40 a.m. on May 28, 2019, near a park about 250 meters from Noborito Station. The attacker, Ryuichi Iwasaki, 51, carrying two knives, approached the children waiting at the bus stop, yelling "I'm gonna kill you.”

He stabbed to death Hanako Kuribayashi, an 11-year-old student of the school, and Satoshi Oyama, the 39-year-old father of another student. Eighteen other children and their parents were also injured, Kyodo reported. Iwasaki then stabbed himself in the neck and died later in hospital.

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If there is a Hell, I hope this Ryuichi Iwasaki is burning in it for all eternity.

This unforgivable coward maimed 18 people, killed a father and a murdered a child.

There would have been no redemption had lived to face justice.

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It still feels fresh in the memory because of the degree of mindless violence of the incident, it is hard to think already 3 years have passed.

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Luckily no guns here, the toll could been much higher. I hope all the victims and their families got closure and moved on.

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Every day is an anniversary of something, and we seem to hear about it. I am glad they are keeping the memories alive, but it should really be private.

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Have experts determined the motivation behind this particular act of violence?

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