The Jakarta Post
The father of a Persija Jakarta fan who was killed by supporters of rival team Persib Bandung said he hoped his son would be the last victim of the long rivalry between the two soccer clubs.
Harringga Sirila, 23, was beaten to death a few hours before a Persija-Persib match at the Gelora Bandung Lautan Api Stadium in Gedebage, Bandung, West Java, on Sunday.
"I hope that this will be the last incident. I hope there won't be any more victims, either from Persija or Persib," Siloam, Harringga’s father, said as quoted by kompas.com.
Siloam said he did not know his son was planning to go to Bandung to watch the match.
"Last night, he told me that he would go to Bandung. He went this morning, but he didn't tell me that he was going to support Persija," he said as quoted by tribunnews.com on Sunday.
Persib supporters reportedly intercepted spectators seeking to enter the stadium to check their IDs. Haringga was found to have a Jakarta ID and was set upon and beaten to death.
Video footage of the brutal killing went viral on several social media platforms.
Bandung Police had arrested 16 people as of Monday afternoon and named eight suspects. (cal/ahw)