“Ebba’s death at the hands of the invaders, the indignity of her violent demise and my inability to stop it broke through my own jaded cynicism like a sledgehammer.”
(Islamic immigrants in Sweden have defaced Ebba Åkerlund grave thirty times over the last two years. When turned over to police they have been released without charges)
Opponents of Islamic attacks have publicized the story and image of 11-year-old Ebba Åkerlund, killed in a 2017 Islamic terror attack in Sweden. Her name was written on the New Zealand shooter’s assault rifle.
Her father, Stefan Åkerlund, told the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet that he was mortified when he saw how the latest terrorist had used his daughter’s name. “I broke into a cold sweat as soon as I saw that he had rifles with my daughter’s name,” he said. “How in hell can we ever get to mourn in peace?”
The pretty little girl, who was partially deaf, went missing in the hours after Uzbekistan asylum-seeker Rakhmat Akilov drove a stolen beer truck through a crowd in Stockholm. Her parents posted photos of her smiling face with her wispy brown hair and amber eyes in a desperate plea to find their missing daughter. But their search was in vain.
She had been crushed by the truck. She had been smash into pieces with her leg separated from her body and her internal organs splashed on the street. Her impairment likely kept her from hearing any warnings to get out of the way.
Since Ebba’s death, she has become a focus on websites that oppose Islamic violence. Her name is regularly invoked on the web, on sites like 8Chan and Reddit.
Ebba was mentioned several times in the 74-page right-wing “manifesto” allegedly posted in connection with the killing spree in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The author wrote that the shooting was motivated by the Swedish attack, which he said was different from others before it. “That difference was Ebba Akerlund. Young, innocent and dead Ebba,” the shooter wrote. “Ebba’s death at the hands of the invaders, the indignity of her violent demise and my inability to stop it broke through my own jaded cynicism like a sledgehammer.”
No one is more outraged than Ebba’s grieving father, whose anger has also been exploited. When he posted photos on his Facebook page last month that showed how her grave had been “desecrated more than 30 times” by “an illegal immigrant,” the news was spread throughout the non-mainstream media.
On Friday morning after the New Zealand attack, the grieving father posted on his Facebook page that he did not want his daughter associated with such heinous crimes.
“When I testified in court, I said that I am reminded of my daughter’s death all the time and not only when I hear about about Drottninggatan, the neighborhood where she was killed, but also when similar acts occur in other countries,” he wrote. “But then of course I could not even imagine the idea that someone would write my daughter’s name on a rifle.” He goes on to condemn the attacks in New Zealand. “How sick it is.”
Ebba’s mother, Jeanette Åkerlund, also spoke out. “It gives me chills,” she told Aftonbladet. “It is deeply tragic that Ebba’s name is abused in political propaganda.”