As Swedes mourned the four who died in a terrorist attack with flowers and candles, one man noticed there was nothing placed on the spot where a fifth victim had lost his life. Now his small act of selflessness has gained worldwide attention and lifted the spirits of a nation in sorrow.
On Friday, April 7, a 39-year-old Uzbek national who was denied asylum in Sweden in 2016 hijacked a beer truck and rammed it into pedestrians in a Stockholm shopping district, killing four people and a dog named “Iggy” and injuring several more.
“I saw hundreds of people running. They ran for their lives,” a witness named Anna told the Aftonbladet.
Another witness, Dimitris, said the truck came out of nowhere as he was walking down the busy Stockholm street.
“I could not see if anyone was driving it, but it seemed out of control,” he said. “I saw at least two people being run over. I ran as fast as I could away from there.”