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Norway Shooting: A Nation Mourns Anders Breivik's Victims at First Funerals (PHOTOS)

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By Ivana Kvesic , Christian Post Reporter
July 29, 2011|5:44 pm

The first funerals for the victims of the Norway massacre were held Friday in Oslo and in the small northern town of Hamar.

Two of the dozens of victims of Anders Behring Breivik were laid to rest one week after the worst attacks on Norwegian soil since World War Two.

Bano Rashid, a Kurdish Iraqi refugee that came to Norway in 1996, was buried at Nesodden Church near Oslo.

Rashid was nicknamed "sun rays" and was buried in a ceremony with both Muslim and Christian prayers. Violinist Alexander Rybak performed at her funeral.

The other victim Ismail Haji Ahmed, was laid to rest in Hamar. He was on the island of Utoya with two other family members that both survived the attacks. The 19-year-old dancer was buried near his home in Hamar.

The funeral services come on the same day that Norway is holding a memorial service to mourn the victims of last Friday's massacre.

The memorial service was organized by the youth movement of the Labour Party, the same youth group that Breivik attacked on the island of Utoya.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said at the service, "Today is one week since Norway was hit by evil. We have to live with July 22, but together we will make it."

Hundreds of mourners have turned out in grief and solidarity over the massacres.

Another memorial service will be held in an Oslo mosque and Stoltenberg will be attending both memorials.

Police have identified all of the recovered bodies and the entire list of victims will be released today.

The death toll for the Norwegian massacre has also been risen with one wounded victim from last week's terror attack having passed on today from the injuries inflicted.

Norway funeral (Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay)

Christian cleric Anne Marie Tronvik (L) and Senaid Kobilica (R), chairman of the Islamic Council of Norway, lead the funeral ceremony of Bano Rashid, 18, at Nesodden church near Oslo July 29, 2011, as the nation pauses for memorial services after the worst attacks on the nation since World War Two. Norway is holding the first funeral on Friday for a victim of Anders Behring Breivik's massacre of 76 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labour Party that was his main target. Flags around the nation flew at half mast to mark a day of memorial one week after Breivik, an anti-Islam zealot, set off a bomb in central Oslo that killed 8 people. He then shot 68 people at a summer camp for youths of the ruling Labour Party.

Norway Funeral (Reuters/Wolfgang Rattay)

Christian cleric Anne Marie Tronvik (L) and Senaid Kobilica (R), chairman of the Islamic Council of Norway, prepare for the funeral ceremony of Bano Rashid, 18, at Nesodden church near Oslo July 29, 2011, as the nation pauses for memorial services after the worst attacks on the nation since World War Two. Norway is holding the first funeral on Friday for a victim of Anders Behring Breivik's massacre of 76 people a week ago amid signs of a leap in popularity for the ruling Labour Party that was his main target. Flags around the nation flew at half mast to mark a day of memorial one week after Breivik, an anti-Islam zealot, set off a bomb in central Oslo that killed 8 people. He then shot 68 people at a summer camp for youths of the ruling Labour Party.

Norway Funeral (Reuters/Stoyan Nenov)

A woman pays her respects for the victims of last Friday's attacks in front of a sea of flowers outside the Oslo cathedral July 29, 2011. Flags around the nation flew at half mast to mark a day of memorial one week after Anders Behring Breivi, an anti-Islam zealot, set off a bomb in central Oslo that killed 8 people. He then shot 68 people at a summer camp for youths of the ruling Labour Party.

 

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