Victims Mourned 3 Years after Sagamihara Massacre

Society

Sagamihara, Kanagawa Pref., July 26 (Jiji Press)--People laid flowers and offered prayers on Friday at the former site of Tsukui Yamayuri-en, an eastern Japan care home for people with intellectual disabilities, where 19 residents were killed by a former male worker of the facility exactly three years ago.

A stand for floral tributes was set up at the main entrance of the then administrative building of the care home. The residential buildings at the facility in the city of Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, were demolished after the massacre on July 26, 2016.

Tsukui Yamayuri-en has been provisionally relocated to Yokohama, the capital of Kanagawa, to accommodate residents who survived the attack.

Among Friday's visitors were Kaoru Irikura, head of Tsukui Yamayuri-en, Kazuma Otsuki, leader of a group of facility users' families, and Kanagawa Governor Yuji Kuroiwa.

"I was shocked by the attack, which was carried out by a person who had been on helpers' side," said Takuya Wada, 26, from Tokyo's Nakano Ward.

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