Who was Peter R. de Vries?
Peter R. de Vries was one of the Netherlands’ best-known crime reporters who has reportedly died after being shot in what is believed to be a gangland hit. He was shot in downtown Amsterdam around 7.30 pm last week while walking to his car following one of his regular appearances on a current affairs television show.
Vries was known for his work in exposing the Dutch underworld.
Peter R. de Vries, the renowned Dutch crime reporter shot in a brazen attack in Amsterdam, has died, Dutch media reported. De Vries, widely lauded for fearless reporting on the Dutch underworld, was shot on July 6 after appearing on a television show. https://t.co/d9rUr0kbRn
— The Associated Press (@AP) July 15, 2021
He leaves behind a wife, daughter, and son.
How old was Peter R. de Vries?
Peter R. de Vries was 64 years old at the time of death.
Peter R. de Vries Dead
Dr. Peter R. de Vries was allegedly shot five or six times including once in the head and once in the chest, and was rushed to hospital by air ambulance. His death was announced on Thursday.
According to reports, two suspects have been detained over the shooting.
Dutch police said the suspected shooter is a 21-year-old Dutchman, while a 35-year-old Polish man living in the Netherlands is accused of driving the getaway car. They were arrested not long after de Vries was wounded.
Is Peter R. de Vries Still Alive?
RTL, the Dutch network De Vries regularly worked for, citing the family statement as saying:
‘Peter fought to the end, but was unable to win the battle.’
The statement says he died surrounded by loved ones.
“On bended knee is no way to be free”
‘Peter has lived by his conviction:
“We are unbelievably proud of him and at the same time inconsolable.”
De Vries had investigated more than 500 murder files and helped solve a number of high-profile cold cases.
The shooting came amid the Mafia-style ‘maxi trial of alleged boss Ridouan Taghi – a Moroccan-Dutch national known as the Netherlands’ most-wanted man. De Vries was heavily involved in the case, and last year agreed to act as ‘confidential counselor’ to the state’s star witness – a man known only as Nabil B.
Peter R. de Vries Vermogen
e stepped into the role despite the high-profile murder of several figures close to Nabil, including brother Reduan who was shot to death in Amsterdam in 2018, and lawyer Derk Wiersum killed in a similar fashion in 2019.
Taghi is currently being held in a maximum-security jail in the city of Vught, suspected of leading a cocaine-smuggling gang called the ‘Angels of Death’ and of being involved in a string of murders.
De Vries had agreed to be Nabil’s counselor in spring 2020.
But, unlike the lawyers, de Vries had refused to accept any offers of additional security to protect himself.
That is despite the fact that – months before he joined the case – de Vries had publicly spoken of suspicions that Taghi had placed him on a ‘hit list’. Taghi subsequently wrote to de Vries assuring him that he had ‘nothing to fear.
Peter R. de Vries Freezing Video
Speaking about the shooting, a police spokesman said that ‘Peter R. de Vries was shot down in Lange Leidsedwarsstraat,’ referring to a street near one of the city’s largest public squares.
The shooting happened in broad daylight in front of dozens of witnesses, who said a slender, light-skinned man wearing a military-print tracksuit, black facemask, and cap had walked up to him and opened fire.
Five or six shots were fired, hitting de Vries in the chest and head, before the gun fled on foot through two nearby streets.
Passersby rushed to help de Vries, calling medics and holding his hand until they arrived and took him to hospital. Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra said in Parliament he was ‘deeply shocked’ by the attack.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte told a press conference in The Hague the attack was ‘shocking and inconceivable’.
‘It’s an attack on a courageous journalist and by extension an attack on the freedom of the press, which is so essential for our democracy and rule of law,’ he said.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima wrote in a statement:
‘The report that journalist Peter R. De Vries was shot has shocked us deeply.
‘He and all those dear to him are in our thoughts.