A bridge with a story to tell …
In Dutch as written on the plate …
“17 𝘢𝘶𝘨𝘶𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘴 1996 𝘷𝘳𝘪𝘫𝘥𝘢𝘨𝘯𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧𝘷𝘪𝘫𝘧 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦 𝘝𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘨𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘦 𝘈𝘮𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘮.
𝘝𝘪𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘳𝘰𝘯𝘬𝘦𝘯, 𝘰𝘱𝘨𝘦𝘧𝘰𝘬𝘵𝘦 𝘫𝘰𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘴 𝘻𝘰𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘶𝘻𝘪𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘵 𝘤𝘢𝘧é𝘨𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘻𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘦𝘳.
𝘖𝘰𝘬 𝘵𝘸𝘦𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘮𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘩𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘨𝘦𝘭𝘥𝘦𝘯. 𝘡𝘪𝘫 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘦𝘯 𝘷𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘭𝘬𝘢𝘢𝘳 𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘯.
𝘑𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘒𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘯𝘣𝘶𝘳𝘨 𝘳𝘰𝘦𝘱𝘵: 𝘒𝘈𝘗𝘗𝘌𝘕 𝘕𝘖𝘜!
𝘝𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘨 𝘻𝘪𝘯𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘥𝘵 𝘩𝘪𝘫 𝘥𝘢𝘢𝘳𝘰𝘱 𝘥𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘭𝘢𝘨𝘦𝘯. 𝘏𝘪𝘫 𝘪𝘴 26.
𝘐𝘯 𝘥𝘦 𝘝𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘨𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘰𝘱 𝘥𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘬, 𝘸𝘢𝘢𝘳 𝘑𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘰𝘮 𝘩𝘦𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘴 𝘨𝘦𝘣𝘳𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘵, 𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘬𝘵𝘦𝘬𝘦𝘯.”
Loosely translated …
“17 𝘈𝘶𝘨𝘶𝘴𝘵 1996, 𝘍𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘢𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧 𝘱𝘢𝘴𝘵 𝘧𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘝𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘨𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘈𝘮𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘥𝘢𝘮.
𝘍𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦𝘯 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘭𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢 𝘧𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘤𝘢𝘧𝘦-𝘨𝘰𝘦𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘢 𝘸𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘳 (𝘩𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯). 𝘛𝘸𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘶𝘱.
𝘑𝘖𝘌𝘚 𝘒𝘓𝘖𝘗𝘗𝘌𝘕𝘉𝘜𝘙𝘎 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘦𝘥: 𝘊𝘜𝘛 𝘐𝘛 𝘖𝘜𝘛!
𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘴𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘭𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘩. 𝘏𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴 26.
𝘐𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘝𝘰𝘦𝘵𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘨𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘢𝘵, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘦𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘑𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥.”
According to reports I read online, the group of four men was led by a 21-year-old Richard L., all were well-versed in martial arts. They assaulted eight people that night.
When Joes tried to break up a brawl, telling them to “KAPPEN NOU!”, the men turned their aggression on him. Joes ended up in a coma and died that very night in the hospital.
The perpetrator, Richard L., was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
The bridge was originally unnamed and only known as Bridge #05. It was unofficially called the “Raambrug” after the Raamsteeg, an alley way parallel to it.
Bridge #05 was officially named Joes Kloppenburgbrug on 5 July 2016, not too far away from Voetboogstraat. The name is intended as a symbol against senseless violence. The official nameplate was confirmed on September 26, 2017.