DrProminent Dutch crime reporter Peter R. De Vries, 64, succumbed to his serious injuries less than ten days after his attack in Amsterdam. The family announced this on Thursday in Amsterdam. De Vries was shot and killed on 6 July.
His family said in one, “Peter fought to the last, but lost the fight.” An advertisement published by Dutch radio RTL on Thursday. And she continued, “Peter lived with his conviction: ‘Being on your knees is not the way to be free.'” We are incredibly proud of him and at the same time sad.
A man fired several shots at the reporter in the street as he was leaving a television studio. The assassination shocked the Netherlands deeply and was greeted with international horror.
Two men were arrested, Paul, a 35-year-old resident of Murek in the southeast of the country, and a 21-year-old Rotterdam national shortly after the crime. One of them is said to be a bow. The police have not yet commented on the background of the crime. However, there are many indications that the murder is related to the reporter’s work.
De Vries was currently the confidant of the main witness in a major criminal case against a drug gang. The main witness’s brother and defense attorney were actually killed in 2019. The reporter was also threatened. But he refused personal protection.
Politicians at home and abroad strongly condemned this act as an attack on the rule of law and the press. And the media associations demanded clarification without reservation.
De Vries has been the Netherlands’ leading crime reporter for nearly 30 years, often appearing as a spokesperson for victims or witnesses in trials. He was a regular guest on television talk shows.
The reporter became internationally known in 1987 with his bestselling book on the kidnapping of brewer, Freddy Heineken. In 2008, he received an Emmy Award for his reporting on the Natalie Holloway case. The American disappeared in Aruba in 2005 and is believed to have been killed by a Dutchman.