Murdered Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was laid to rest today in his native county of The Netherlands. Shannon Drayer at the Mariner's Blog gives this account of the service, related from attendees.
One of the batting cages has been put down from the ceiling and on the side of it are five flags. In the centre the flag of the Mariners, next to that the Dutch national flag and the Aruban flag. On the far sides a flag of our club Kinheim and the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association.
Just below the Mariners flag is Greg, wearing his white Mariners uniform, an "Aruban-flag" scarf in his hands, cleats on his feet and his shades on his head.
Halman was stabbed in the throat nine days ago. His brother Jason Halman is the principal suspect in the murder, but has yet to be charged.
New details about Jason report that he had struggled lately with mental illness, apparently hearing voices in his head. The night that Greg was killed Jason was supposedly blasting loud music late at night in an effort to drown out the voices, and when Greg told him to turn the music down he may have stabbed his brother.
If the batting cage flags and Mariner's jersey described wasn't enough of a tearjerker, a young Dutch fan wrote this tribute as well.
Gregory Halman. Dead. Tears in the Netherlands among all baseball-lovers. Tears in Seattle. Tears in my house. We didn't know you in our home. Not personally. And you definitely didn't know us. But you lived. You lived in our home. You didn't know anything about that. You didn't know that there is a house in Oosterhout (NL) where little boys talked about you. Gregory Halman. You in the beautiful white Mariners uniform. A dream for most. To be reached only by few. And you were wearing that uniform. Big wow's here in our home for your first home run against LA Angels. What is it called? Dead center field. Bam. You made it look easy. We watched it again and again. Wow Halman, wow. Well done. We're so proud.