Memorial Service Held for 2016 Massacre at Sagamihara Care Home

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Sagamihara, Kanagawa Pref., July 23 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held on Monday to pray for the 19 people killed in the 2016 knifing rampage at a care facility in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, ahead of the second anniversary of the massacre on Thursday.

The event was attended by 609 people, including bereaved family members of the victims of the attack by a former employee of the facility for the disabled.

It was jointly organized by the Kanagawa prefectural government, the Sagamihara municipal government and Kanagawa Kyodo-kai, a social welfare corporation that operates the care home.

"The sorrow of the families of the victims can't be healed in only two years," Kaoru Irikura, head of the facility, Tsukui Yamayuri-en, said during the ceremony.

"We never allow the abnormal, selfish belief that disabled people should be discriminated and removed," Junji Kusamitsu, the leader of Kanagawa Kyodo-kai, said, referring to the repeated claim by Satoshi Uematsu, a former caretaker at Tsukui Yamayuri-en who carried out the assault against the residents in the small hours of July 26, 2016.

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