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Video: A large crowd gathered in Reykjavík on Saturday to remember Birna Brjánsdóttir

By Staff

  • Mourning Birna Brjánsdóttir The disappearance and tragic death of 20 year old local girl has gripped the Icelandic nation. A mood in the past week is best described as a state of national grief. Photo/Ólöf

A memorial walk and candlelight vigil was held in down town Reykjavík in memory of Birna Brjánsdóttir, the 20 year old local girl who was murdered on Saturday January 14. Estimates of the crowd range from 10,000 to 12,000 people. Memorial services were also held in several other towns in Iceland, and in Copenhagen, Denmark.

10-12,000 people walked in the memory of Birna
People gathered began at Hlemmur square at 16:00 on Saturday, walking down Laugavegur street. The walk then stopped in front of house number 31 on Laugavegur street, where people left flowers and candles in memory of Birna. Birna, disappeared on Saturday January 14, was last seen in security cameras near the location where she is believed to have entered an automobile. Police believes she was then murdered in the car. Two men are in custody on suspicion of having perpetrated the crime.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told the local newspaper Morgunblaðið that 10-12,000 people participated in the walk. Smaller memorial services were also held on Saturday in the towns of Akureyri in North Iceland, Reyðarfjörður in the east and Vestmannaeyjar island in the south. A candlelight vigil was also held in Copenhagen in front of the Icelandic Embassy.

Previous Iceland Magazine coverage of the case:

We at Iceland Magazine have been covering this horrible case since it first broke. Here is a rundown of our coverage to date. 

Wednesday Jan 25:

More details emerge of what happened during the hours leading up to Birna's disappearance

Read more: One of the men suspected of killing Birna made repeated phone calls to an Icelandic friend during the fateful night

Tuesday Jan 24:

Police found Birna's ID on board the Greenlandic trawler.

Read more: Police found murdered girl’s ID on board Greenlandic trawler: Suspects interrogated today

The identity of the two suspects revealed by local media.

Read more: The identity of the two men suspected of murdering 20 year old Birna Brjánsdóttir revealed

Monday Jan 23:

Many unanswered questions despite the discovery of Birna's body 

Read more: Everything we know about the disappearance and death of Birna Brjánsdóttir: Still many unanswered questions

Sunday Jan 22:

Birna's body was found eight days after she was discovered missing.

Read more: Body of missing girl found: All evidence points to murder by two Greenlandic fishermen

Friday Jan 20

More details about the drug find on-board the Greenlandic trawler.

Read more: Forensic search of Greenlandic trawler: 20-40 kg (44-88 lbs) of hash blocks found

Police believes the two men held in custody are responsible for the murder of Birna.

Read more: Two sailors from Greenlandic trawler suspected of murder, search for missing girl continues

Greenlandic Foreign Minister postpones visit to Norway while the search for Birna continues.

Read more: Greenlandic Foreign Minister postpones visit to Norway due to disappearance of local girl

Thursday Jan 19

Police discover large quantities of drugs on-board the trawler, arresting a fourth man. 

Read more: Fourth man arrested after large quantities of drugs discovered on board Greenlandic trawler 

Police reveals that evidence from the a red Kia Rio the sailors had rented from Friday to Saturday pointed to a violent crime.

Read more: Missing girl: Evidence from car rented by crew members of Greenlandic trawler points to a crime

More arrests on-board the ship, which arrived in harbour at 23:07 on Wednesday

Read more: Video: Third sailor on Greenlandic trawler arrested and taken for questioning over missing girl

Wednesday Jan 18

Police arrested two men on board the trawler.

Read more: Two arrested on-board Greenlandic trawler in connection to missing girl

Police officers and members of the Police Special Forces were flown out to the Danish Coast Guard vessel HDMS Triton which was on intercept course with the Polar Nanoq.

Read more: Missing girl: Members of the Police Special Forces on their way to Greenlandic trawler

The case has gripped the Icelandic nation. Police warns people to avoid of "hysteria".

Read more: Airing of British TV series The Missing postponed while search continues for missing girl

Security camera footage from Hafnarfjörður harbour shows crew members exiting the red Kia Rio, behaving suspiciously. The trawler was returned to harbour in Reykjavík.

Read more: Missing girl: Disturbing clues, no arrests, but Greenlandic trawler returned to harbour in Iceland

Tuesday Jan 17

The car was linked to crew members of Greenlandic trawler which had been docked in Hafnarfjörður from Wednesday to Saturday. The trawler had sailed out and was fishing off the east coast of Greenland.

Read more: DEVELOPING: Car linked to disappearance of young local woman connected crew of a trawler from Greenland

Tuesday afternoon Police found what it believes is the red Kia Rio seen in security camera footage just seconds before she was last spotted on CCTV footage in down town Reykjavík. The car was likely driven by foreign nationals. The driver is seen behaving suspiciously shortly after Birna's cell phone is turned off at 5:50 AM.

Read more: Missing woman: Car seen in surveillance tapes likely found, driver seen behaving strangely

Shoes which match those worn by Birna were found early Tuesday morning in Hafnafjörður, south of Reykjavík. Police does not rule out the shoes were planted at the scene. All available Police and Search and Rescue members are searching in and around Hafnafjörður harbour.

Read more: Police does not rule out that pair of shoes believed to belong to missing woman were planted

Police released CCTV footage of Birna walking in downtown Reykjavík on Monday.

Read more: Search for missing young woman: Police releases footage from surveillance cameras

Monday Jan 16

A large scale search had been underway since Saturday for 20 year old local woman. Police feared foul play.

Read more: Young local woman missing since Saturday: Have you seen her?


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