Candles & Flowers Commemorate Anniversaries

Anniversary of neo-Nazi assault death in Helsinki, and Turku knife rampage.

Small vigil outside Helsinki Central Railway Station / Credit; News Now Finland

In Helsinki and Turku today, people left flowers and candles to remember two anniversaries.

Candles on the ground outside Helsinki Railway Station / News Now Finland

Helsinki Assault

At Helsinki’s Central Railway Station, well-wishers placed candles on the ground in memory of 28-year-old Jimi Joonas Karttunen.

Kartunen died on 16th September 2016, a week after being injured in an apparent confrontation with members of the neo-Nazi Finnish Resistance Movement, at a gathering outside the station.

The suspect, Jesse Eppu Oskari Torniainen was convicted of assault over Kerttunen’s death.

Turku Remembers

Meanwhile in Turku, a ceremony to cast one thousand flowers onto the River Aura took place on Sunday afternoon, as part of the Turku Day events.

The memorial comes almost one month after a knife attack in the city centre on 18th August, which left two women dead and eight other people injured. Police are investigating the stabbings as a terror attack.