Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Serbia 'gunman' who killed 13 dies

Death notices of Milos and Ljubina Jesic, victims of a shooting that left 13 people dead in the Serbian village of Velika Ivanca (AP)
Death notices of Milos and Ljubina Jesic, victims of a shooting that left 13 people dead in the Serbian village of Velika Ivanca (AP)
The Serbian flag flies at half-mast on the Serbian Parliament building in honour of the 13 that died in a shooting rampage (AP)

The Serbian veteran suspected of killing 13 people in a shooting rampage and then turning the gun on himself and his wife has died, hospital officials said.

Belgrade Emergency Hospital said 60-year-old Ljubisa Bogdanovic died from head wounds. It added that his 60-year-wife Javorka Bogdanovic was recovering from surgery and her condition is serious but stable.

Police say Bogdanovic went on a pre-dawn, house-to-house rampage on Tuesday in a village near Belgrade, including killing his mother, his son and a two-year-old cousin.

Authorities are searching for motives in the worst peacetime shooting rampage in Serbia. Bogdanovic had no criminal record or history of mental illness. He fought in the bloody Balkan wars in the 1990s and lost his job a year ago at a wood processing factory.

Residents of the village of Velika Ivanca, some 30 miles (50km) south-east of Belgrade, have said Bogdanovic first killed his son and his mother before leaving his home and going house to house, shooting his neighbours. They expressed deep shock, describing the suspect as a quiet and helpful man.

Funerals for the victims will be held in the village on Friday.

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