Victims of Prague shooting remembered as nation mourns

Among the 14 killed at Charles University's Faculty of Arts on Thursday were professors and students; to date, six of them have been officially identified. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 23.12.2023 15:25:00 (updated on 28.12.2023) Reading time: 3 minutes

Following Thursday's deadly shooting at Charles University's Faculty of Arts in Prague, six of the 14 victims have been officially identified through media and social media channels with the consent of their friends and families.

They include both faculty members and students at the university, and leave behind friends, colleagues, family members, and an entire nation grieving today, on what has been declared a day of mourning in the Czech Republic. Read more about them from their friends and colleagues below.

Lenka Hlávková, director of the Czech Institute of Musicology

"On the basis of verified information from the family and with their permission, we announce that our colleague and director of the Institute of Musicology, FF UK, Lenka Hlávková, did not survive yesterday's attack," the Institute of Musicology wrote on social media on Friday.

"We express our deepest condolences to all the bereaved, first and foremost to the family. This is extremely cruel news for all of us. Let's stay in support of each other."

Jan Dlask, expert on Finnish and Swedish literature

"It is with sadness that we received the news that Jan Dlask, Ph.D., a leading Czech expert on Finnish-Swedish literature and a teacher at the Faculty of Arts," writes the Embassy of Finland in Prague. "Dr. Dlask was a longtime friend of our embassy. His death hits us hard. Condolences to all the bereaved."

Dlask was also an expert on Moomins, the comic characters created by Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson. Read an interview with Dlask about the Moomins at the website of Czech Television here.

Klára Holcová, student and athelete

"One of the victims of yesterday's tragic attack at the Faculty of Arts of the Charles University was our student, one of the league's top scorers, multiple medalist at the Czech Republic Championships, Klára Holcová," writes her athletic organization on Facebook. Holcová competed in shot put, hammer throw, and discus events, and studied archival science and Bohemian studies at Charles University.

"Klára will remain inscribed not only in the history of all Czech athletics, but above all, she will remain forever in our memories and hearts."

Lucie Špindlerová, student and proofreader

"With deep regret, based on verified information from the family and with their permission, we announce that our colleague, proofreader at Lidové noviny, first-year student of Czech language in deaf communication, and above all friend Lucie Špindlerová did not survive yesterday's attack at the Faculty of Arts of Charles University," Czech newspaper Lidové noviny confirmed on Facebook.

"We express our deepest condolences to all the bereaved, especially the family. This is extremely painful news for us."

Magdalena Křístková, student in deaf communication

Magdalena Křístková also studied deaf communication at Charles University's Faculty of Arts. Her church community confirmed news of her passing on social media on Friday.

"It is with deep pain that we announce that a member of our community in Roztoky, our Magdalena Křístková, lost her life during yesterday's attack on the Faculty of Arts at Charles University," writes Evangelíci Roztoky.

Aneta Richterová, student and volunteer firefighter

"None of us knew how much this tragedy would affect us in our personal lives. One of the victims was Anetka Richterová," writes fire brigade SDH Velichovky on Facebook.

"Beloved daughter and sister, smiling and always honest friend in all circumstances and active member of our choir, our team. She was a part of each one of us. Allow us to express our regret, sincere condolences and honor to her memory in this way. Anetka made her mark in our hearts."

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