Toon Fan Gunned Down!

26 July 2011 03:08
Alan Pardew today paid tribute to a young Toon fan gunned down during the Norwegian massacre. Tore Eikeland, who contributed to the Norwegian branch of Newcastle United’s fans’ group’s website, was missing for more than 24 hours following Anders Behring Breivik’s (pictured above) killing spree. Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg confirmed the 21-year-old was among 86 people killed at the youth camp on Utoya island during Friday’s killings. Pardew paid a heartfelt tribute to the budding politician who was president of the Hordaland branch of the AUF, the ruling Labour Party’s youth wing. Alan Pardew: “On behalf of everyone at Newcastle United, we were horrified to hear of the tragedy in Norway and the senseless loss of innocent life. “Our thoughts go out to the families and friends of all the victims, especially to those of Tore Eikeland who we know was a huge supporter of Newcastle United and a keen contributor to a Norwegian NUFC fans website. “The players, coaching staff and everyone associated with the club send our heartfelt condolences to the Eikeland family and all those who lost a loved one that day.” Breivik shot dead at least 86 people at the youth camp on Utoya island after murdering another seven with a car bomb in the capital Oslo. Newcastle City Council confirmed they will open a book of condolence at the civic centre’s Customer Service Centre today. It follows a message of condolence which has been sent to the Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and also the Mayor of Bergen, Newcastle’s twin city. A letter of condolence has also been sent to His Majesty the King of Norway, Harald V, a recipient of the Honorary Freedom of Newcastle. Coun Nick Forbes, Leader of Newcastle City Council, said: “For many years the people of Newcastle have had close ties with Norway and I am sure the whole city will join me in paying respects to those who have been affected.” The tributes and messages will be sent on to the Prime Minister of Norway.