The murderer had obtained a residence permit. It was a Saturday night when Håvard Pedersen, 18, was stabbed in a small supermarket in the city.
The police were informed of the incident just before 10:00 pm and arrived quickly at the scene. The victim, who was at work, was declared dead soon after. According to the police, the young Håvard was killed with a “knife-like object”.
The 17-year-old Afghan was arrested the next evening. Representing the victim’s parents, lawyer Edel Hennie Olsen said the family “does not want speculation” on the case, “they do not want this to be presented in a way that encourages racism. ” Vadso Mayor Otto Strand said the city’s immigrant community “should not suffer because an individual has committed murder”. The murderer was granted a temporary residence permit in Norway until at least December 16.