Ingrid Visser & Lodewijk Severein
June 15th, 2013
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
Number 15 will belong to Ingrid Visser forever
During 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
Press Release: The family of Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein asks to be left in peace and requests some restraint regarding media coverage
The family of Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein asks to be left in peace and requests some restraint regarding media coverage
Since early this morning, the family of the murdered Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein is being confronted with reports regarding the the death of the two, containing gruesome details. Yet, the family has not yet been informed by the authorities about any of the mentioned details.
It is incomprehensible for the families that the press got a hold of these specifics sooner then the family itself. The way certain media seem to feel the need to report about these details is perceived as very shocking and almost unbearable to the family.
The family feels supported by the reaction of many people at home and abroad, via email, phone and social media, in which they have expressed their utmost disgust about the contributions of certain media.
The family is very grateful for the commitment and interest that the media has shown during the days when the family was still looking for Ingrid and Lodewijk and is aware of the fact that broadcasting news is inevitable. In addition, the family also realizes that only parts of the media felt the need to publish these specific details. For now, the family requests the media, to do there work with respect to the family and loved ones and asks them to be reticent where possible to prevent unnecessary suffering for relatives, friends and all others associated with them.
The family wishes to process their loss in peace and requests everyone to take that into consideration.
Press release: Two Romanian suspects arrested in murder investigation Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein
Two Romanian suspects arrested in murder investigation Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein
It is now clear that the police have arrested two suspects who both have Romanian nationality. The two suspects are currently held directly responsible for the murder of both Ingrid and Lodewijk.
Meanwhile, an announcement has been made that another press conference will be held later this afternoon at 18:00 hrs in the Delegacion de Gobierno regarding this investigation.
The family will continue to monitor developments and bring news to the attention of the public once this is officially confirmed to us.
Do you have information or tips about this matter, please contact the police:
Police in Murcia: +34 968 880 364
Press release: The family of Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein have been informed during the night by the Spanish police
The family of Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein have been informed during the night by the Spanish police about the discovery of two bodies, a man and a woman. Identification is still in progress. In spite of the fact that there is no confirmation at this time, the family has been shocked by the news!
We request you to contact the spokesman of the family regarding any communication.
We are doing the best we can to answer all calls and emails as best as we can and we do apologize if we cannot answer all right away.
— Ruud van Nistelrooy (@RvN1776) May 25, 2013
Please help us hang posters in Murcia this Tuesday?
Last details shared
A few minutes ago, spokesman Miriam van de Velde has shared the latest details on the missing couple Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein. The details where shared in Dutch Television programs: Tros Vermist and SBS6 Hart van Nederland.
New event planned
With regards to the posters that where left in de center of Murcia a few days ago, the police have received some new information which they are taking seriously at this moment. Because of this apparently successful action, the family has decided to spread new posters in an extended area.
The family realizes they need a lot of help from others to accomplish their goal. The family therefor wants to ask for help of anyone, national and international, able to come to Murcia to come and join them in this our of need. They understand that not everyone will be in a position to come. All support is welcome at this time.
The location where we will start from with all volunteers, will be communicated via email. If you want to join, please let us know via email@example.com
Because of the larger area, more coordination is needed. Due to that fact, a date has been chosen for next week, so more people are able to come to Murcia and arrive in time to help. We know a lot of people want to come and join us and we want to give them a chance.
Date: May 28, 2013
Location: Somewhere in Murcia
Phone-numbers for tips and more information:
Police in Murcia via: 0034 – 968 880 364
Dutch police: 0900-6070
Posters in Murcia
A team of people from within and outside of Murcia, came together to hang posters throughout the centre of the Spanish city. On the posters, a picture of Lodewijk Severein and Ingrid Visser, the missing couple from The Netherlands, and a QR-Code linking the poster to all the latest updates regarding the investigation. The family is hoping to receive tips or information which will possibly provide new leads in the ongoing investigation.
The volunteers want to contribute there time in helping spread the poster because they sympathize with the family of the missing Ingrid and Lodewijk and thought that to be better than just sit around and wait. Not just Dutch people already present at the Iberian mainland felt called upon, Spanish volunteers came forward to help as well. Today again, many offers are coming in from people in and abroad Spain, who want to come to Murcia and do whatever it takes to bring home Ingrid and Lodewijk.
At this time, the family is considering all possible steps forward they can do themselves to support the ongoing investigation. Communication with the police is going well at this point and the family are confident the authorities will do all that is possible to locate the two. Little progress has been since the car was discovered last wednesday. In the meantime, noteworthy news that Ingrid and Lodewijk have been spotted in the hotel on tuesday the 14th of May, has been shared with the family. The police have confiscated camera footage from the hotel. This footage will be investigated to see if Lodewijk and Ingrid are taped and if so, which clothes they were wearing at the time of their disappearance and for example if they took anything else with them, like a backpack.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ingrid Visser and Lodewijk Severein, or any other tips that may lead to the denouement of the missing couple, please contact Spanish or Dutch authorities or send an email.
Spanish police Murcia: 0034 – 968 880 364
Dutch police: 0900-6070