Impressive farewell Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein

Posted by on Jun 17, 2013 in News

Impressive Farewell
Ingrid Visser & Lodewijk Severein
June 15th, 2013

Chaïne Staelens en Francien Huurman

Chaïne Staelens en Francien Huurman – Picture: Ronald Hoogendoorn

Statement on behalf of the family Visser & family Severein

Where to start..

Today, amongst many friends, acquaintances, colleagues, fans and many others, we have said goodbye to our loved ones Ingrid and Lodewijk.

Only a few weeks ago they traveled to the Spanish region Murcia for a short visit. Almost immediately upon arrival they disappeared forever from our sight. Days of endless tension, searching for answers and signs of life, full of hope but extremely worried, we finally received word that they had been killed.
The worst case scenario became reality.

Two great personalities both full of life, were suddenly, abruptly and pointlessly robed of their existence. What should have been future will forever remain past.

Intensely sad, but with an indelible memory of their lives, we must go on from here. Both families are linked together forever by this cruel act but will try to focus on the memories of these two precious and beautiful people who had chosen for each other in love.

We want everyone here today and all of those who have commented in such large numbers in recent weeks to know that we are very grateful for all your support. Grateful for the kind words of wisdom and all the warmth we’ve received in these so incredibly difficult times for us asa family. We feel empowered, knowing that Lodewijk & Ingrid have meant so much to so many of you and that they have made an indelible impression on you all as well during their lifetime.

The flowers that you’ve brought here today will be given a beautiful spot on National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem (The Netherlands). Along with – a picture of Ingrid and Lodewijk and an Interland-match-t-Shirt of Ingrid with number 15 – they will form a temporary memorial monument opening this Sunday. It will be accessible to the public during business-hours. Thus, it becomes a place for all who want to take a moment to reflect on their lives.

We want to express our appreciation to the people giving speeches today who wanted to share their beloved memories on Lodewijk & Ingrid with us and with everyone here.

We want to express our gratitude towards the Spanish and Dutch police for their commitment, cooperation and shown understanding. In addition, the Dutch Embassy in Madrid for their compassion and assistance.
The vast majority of the press for their respectful and professional reporting.
The DELA for their care and professional guidance during this farewell.
The Dutch Volleyball Federation for giving us this opportunity to work together with everyone and to create this farewell on the same field, they both loved so dearly.

Praise as well to all volunteers and businesses that have made this possible in their selfless commitment and support. And special thanks to sports photographer Ronald Hoogendoorn for providing us with his photographs of Ingrid and Lodewijk.

We particularly want to express a word of our sincerest gratitude towards Miriam van de Velde. She courageously took the difficult task upon her to represent us in Spain. During the early stages of their missing and even after the devastating news arrived.

Thank you dear Ingrid and Lodewijk, for all that you have meant to us and to many others out there. We will make sure that your memory will live on after today.

Time to say our goodbyes is almost over now. Each of us will try to take on the difficulties that now seem to aries and pick up the thread of life best we can. The support and loving warmth we have received form all will be a tremendous support in times to come.

Thank you all for understanding and respecting our withdrawnness from the media and awarding us the peace and quiet to process our grieve to give this a place in our hearts.

Family Fishing & Family Severein


Shirt Ingrid Visser

Shirt Ingrid Visser – Picture: Ronald Hoogendoorn

Number 15 will belong to Ingrid Visser forever
Hans NieukerkeDuring the impressive memorial service for Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein in Topsportcentre Almere this afternoon, Nevobo (Dutch Volleyball Bond) announced that Shirt-number 15 will belong to Ingrid forever. “Regarding Ingrid’s merit as record-international and her significance to the Dutch National team and Dutch volleyball, this simply seems appropriate” according to Nevobo’s chairman Hans Nieukerke. “While consulting with the family and the current Dutch team, we have decided that this should be part of our posthumous tribute to Ingrid. Ingrid and Lodewijk will never be forgotten.

Ingrid’s shirts will be given a nice place in Top Sport-centre Almere, home to the Dutch women’s team until just last year, another one at Papendal, home to the current Dutch national team.

In addition to family and friends of Ingrid and Lodewijk, the (inter)national volleyball community has taken this opportunity for a grand farewell regarding these two beloved people in our volleyball community. “It’s good to see that our community has expressed there respect so massively to Ingrid and Lodewijk. It was a beautiful and very crowded tribute. I am happy with this way of support to the family and friends, “said Nieukerke.

The family requested everyone attending to bring one flower for the two departed. Together with the many flower arrangements, these will be getting a temporary place in front of the sport-centre at Papendal, current training location to the current Dutch national team.

Today it became clear what being a team means in the volleyball community where Ingrid and lodewijk were part of. Everyone is here together, as if it was the usual way. But it certainly was not ..

Pressrelease regarding farewell Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein on behalf of both families
Pressrelease Nevobo (Dutch Volleyball association) Number 15 will always belong to Ingrid Visser