Bevan Hurley

Bevan Hurley is the Herald on Sunday chief reporter.

Bullets end teen dreams

Sharidyn Svebakk-Bohn, who's family paid tribute to her kind and caring personality. Photo / Supplied
Sharidyn Svebakk-Bohn, who's family paid tribute to her kind and caring personality. Photo / Supplied

Just days before she was gunned down in the Norwegian massacre, a Kiwi-born teenager wrote poignantly about her hopes for a fun-filled weekend at a summer youth camp.

Sharidyn Svebakk-Bohn was the youngest of 77 victims murdered in cold blood by right-wing extremist Anders Behring Breivik last week.

The 14-year-old posted her final blog after arriving at Utoya Island, where she was executed with dozens of teenagers attending a Labour Party youth camp.

Last Wednesday she wrote: "These are some of the things that MUST be remembered for maximum enjoyment of the week. It is very important to come with mountain clothing that is actually meant for winter.

"Heh, very fun when your backpack weighs about as much as you do yourself, and you must take it on and off several times."

The blog, titled "Purple In Style", gives an insight into the mind of a typical teenager, full of hopes and dreams, but also dealing with depression and body-image issues.

A negative comment on her previous post had "hit her right on the heart", she wrote.

"The reason that this comment hit so hard is that I have not always looked really good. Sometimes because of a depression that comes and goes when it pleases, or it may be because I have problem with friends/school."

Svebakk-Bohn had spent most of her life in Norway but referred to New Zealand as her homeland.

She told how she had "worked like hell" on a class presentation about the country.

Days earlier, she told of her excitement at going to see Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.

"I am looking forward, not only because of the film, but because it is the first time mom and I are doing something together, without a single family member.

"There are several times where we should have done something, but then it will be me and my dad instead. So excited."

Svebakk-Bohn wrote of her joy at receiving a watch, cash and other gifts for her 14th birthday on July 17.

As the first victim was buried yesterday, Norwegian investigators said they believed the 32-year-old Norwegian carried out the campaign alone, after years of meticulous planning.

They are yet to find evidence to back his claims that he's part of an anti-Muslim militant network plotting a series of coups d'etat in Europe. This week it was reported that Breivik listened to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack to drown out the screams of his victims.

Svebakk-Bohn's family in New Zealand paid tribute to her "beautiful smile, wonderful, kind and caring personality".

Her Porirua-based grandfather Rex Matthews was planning to attend the funeral in Norway next week.

The first funeral was for 18-year-old Bano Rashid, a Muslim girl originally from Kurdistan, who was said to have dedicated her life to fighting for democracy. It was the first of many.

- Herald on Sunday

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