Peter R de Vries: Dutch crime reporter dies after shooting
THE PROMINENT Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries, who was shot and seriously wounded in central Amsterdam has died.
“Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle,” a statement from his relatives said.
The 64-year-old was shot in the head minutes after leaving a TV studio.
The shooting shocked the Netherlands, where de Vries was well-known for his investigations of mobsters and drug lords. Two suspects were arrested.
De Vries had won critical acclaim for his reporting on the Dutch underworld including the 1983 kidnapping of the beer millionaire Freddy Heineken.
The statement released by his relatives on Thursday said he died “surrounded by the people who love him”.
“Peter has lived by his conviction: ‘On bended knee is no way to be free’,” the statement added.
The family asked for space to process his death in peace.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the veteran journalist was “afraid of nothing and no one”.
“We owe it to Peter R
de Vries to ensure that justice takes its course,” he tweeted.
De Vries was attacked on the evening of July 6 while walking away from a television studio following a chat show on the Lange Leidsedwarsstraat in central Amsterdam.
Five shots were fired at close range and he was hit in the head.
His son, Royce de Vries, said at the time that the family’s “worst nightmare came true”.
De Vries had previously faced danger because of his work and needed police protection after receiving threats in connection with his coverage of criminal cases.
In 2019, police told him he was on the hit list of the Netherlands’ most wanted criminal.