Feb. 16 service planned for victims of Osaka school slaying.OSAKA, Dec. 28 Kyodo
A memorial service will be held Feb. 16 for victims of the June slaughter at an elementary school elementary school: see school. attached to the state-run Osaka Kyoiku University in Osaka Prefecture This article or section needs copy editing for grammar, style, cohesion, tone and/or spelling.
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The service will be followed by a wreath offering and a screening of videos of the eight students fatally stabbed at Ikeda Elementary School in Ikeda by a knife-wielding man on June 8, the officials said.
The officials said they have invited Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi Junichiro Koizumi (小泉 純一郎 Koizumi Jun'ichirō and education minister Atsuko Toyama as well as local government officials, firefighters and school alumni to join the service at a local hall in Ikeda.
On Thursday, Mamoru Takuma Mamoru Takuma (宅間 守 Takuma Mamoru , 38, pleaded guilty to stabbing eight children to death and injuring 13 others and two teachers in a mass killing at the school.