Silently, the crowd walked behind the body Seryozha Avetisyan while being transported to the church of Surp Nshan to a cemetery in the second largest city of Armenia, still reeling from the massacre of January 12, attributed to a Russian soldier.
Christian priests sang songs for the child while he was buried next to his family. Hundreds of people threw handfuls of sand on his grave at the end of the ceremony in the presence of Armenian MPs and local government leaders.
Serzh Sargsyan did not attend the funeral. He had already been conspicuously absent when the six other members of the family were buried Avetisian on 15 January.
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The photo of Seryozha and his 2-year-old sister, also murdered in Gyumri, was put on the steps of the Opera house. The families with their children are coming to Liberty Square to light candles.
Candles and toys have been brought to the Avetisyan’s house in Gyumri from the very moment when the reports on Seryozha’s death appeared.
As reported earlier, six-month-old Seryozha Avetisyan died on Monday. Other six members of his family were killed last week. Valery Permyakov, a serviceman of the 102nd Russian Military Base in the city, stands accused in this crime.
The soldier is charged under Russian law, with “the murder of more than two people,” and “desertion with a service weapon.” The Investigative Committee of Armenia also has launched a criminal case on the murders.