UPDATED: More than 1,500 people gathered in a central square in Tromsø Sunday afternoon, for a torchlit memorial to the four Tromsø residents who had to be pulled out of the icy sea a week earlier. Only one little girl, age 18 months, survived, and on Monday her condition improved.
The fatal incident is being referred to as an immigrant tragedy, involving a young woman from Sudan whom police believe consciously led her three young daughters into the sea to drown them all and herself. She died later that night at the local university hospital along with her seven-year old daughter and was charged post-mortem with murder and attempted murder.
Her two younger daughers, aged four and 18 months, were sent to the national hospital in Oslo for intensive treatment but the four-year-old died late last week. The youngest child was clinging to life at Rikshospitalet through the weekend but was reported Monday evening to be out of danger and likely to survive.
“It means a lot to the father (of the three girls) that Tromsø is turning out in this manner to show their support and campassion,” his attorney Erik Ringberg told news bureau NTB. Police have stressed he is not a suspect as they continue to investigate and try to establish a motive for his wife’s action. He thanked the Tromsø community for their support.