In a somber and heartfelt ceremony, a memorial plaque dedicated to the late crime journalist Peter R. de Vries was unveiled in silence on Wednesday at the Wall against Violence in the Drenthe village of De Wijk. According to the Dagblad van het Noorden, present at the ceremony were some of de Vries’ family members, including his daughter, Kelly de Vries.
The Wall against Violence stands as a national monument, solemnly paying tribute to the lives lost to murder or manslaughter. Located on Stapelerweg in De Wijk, the memorial represents a powerful symbol of unity and support for the families of the victims. Jack Keijzer, former chairman of the Federation of Relatives of Violence Victims, was on hand to witness the unveiling. Speaking about the ceremony, Keijzer said: “His daughter, granddaughter, and his ex-wife were there. The relatives deliberately chose not to seek any media attention beforehand.”
Peter R. de Vries was shot on July 6, 2021, in Amsterdam shortly after leaving a television studio. He succumbed to his injuries nine days later. He was widely known for his investigative journalism and his involvement in several high-profile criminal cases. He was also an advocate for the rights of victims and their families.
The plaque for Peter R. de Vries is one of the many that have been attached to the Wall against Violence since its inauguration in 2006. The wall is a symbol of solidarity and support for those who have lost their loved ones to violence. The names and dates of birth and death of the victims are engraved on the plaques, along with a personal message from the relatives.
The unveiling of this memorial plaque serves as a touching tribute to Peter R. de Vries and an enduring symbol of remembrance for all those who have suffered from the consequences of violence.