The funeral and burial service for the five women shot outside St. George Cathedral following the service of the Rite of Forgiveness on Sunday in the Dagestan Republic city of Kizlyar were celebrated yesterday, with thousands coming to bid farewell to the women who are already being considered martyrs, reports the site of the Diocese of Makhachkala.
The coffins with the bodies of the slain Vera, Lyudmila, Nadezhda, Irina, and Vera were brought to the cathedral, where the tragedy had occurred, the night before, and His Eminence Archbishop Varlaam of Makhachkala and Grozny served a litiya for the departed.
22-year-old Kizlyar resident Khalil Khalilov, yelling “Allahu Akhbar!” opened fire on parishioners as they left the cathedral on Sunday, having just forgiven one another for all their sins and offenses. Four of the women died on the spot, the fifth later dying in the hospital. Two other women were also injured, as well as two security guards—who are Moslems. Khalilov was shot by police when he tried to escape. ISIS later claimed responsibility for the shooting, although this is as yet unconfirmed.