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Day after school shooting, Belgrade is consumed with grief

By Constant Méheut

04 May 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Eight children and a security guard were killed by a teenager who entered a school in the Serbian capital armed with pistols owned by his father. The NYT reports on an event that's shocked the nation.

BELGRADE, Serbia — The wax ran in streaks across the sidewalk outside the Belgrade school, left behind by the hundreds of candles lit by residents of the Serbian capital mourning the deaths of eight children gunned down by a 13-year-old classmate.

On Thursday, the morning after the shooting by a teenager armed with pistols he had taken from his father’s home, hundreds more people came to express their grief outside the school in an upscale neighborhood of Belgrade after the attack that also left a security guard dead.

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