“These 19 people are our friends. I would like you to feel the depth and severity of discrimination against persons with disabilities with the awareness that” I am one of the killed friends. “July. I want you to make the 26th a day to think about their life. “
Kanagawa Gov. Yuji Kuroiwa and Kazuma Otsuki, who heads a group formed by the families of victims, offered flowers at a memorial on the grounds of Tsukui Yamayuri En, where a former employee killed 19 residents and injured 24 others on July 26, 2016. Two employees were also hurt.
July 26th 2021 marks the five year anniversary of what is now often referred to as the ‘Sagamihara Stabbings’, when in the early hours of July 26th 2016, Satoshi Uematsu, a former employee of the ‘Tsukui Yamayuri En’ or ‘Tsukui Lily Garden’ care home for people with disabilites, killed 19 residents with disabilites and injured at least 26 others.
Sagamihara City is withdrawing its plan to receive the Tokyo Paralympic torch at Tsukui Yamayurien, a facility for the intellectually disabled where 45 residents were killed and injured in July 2016, according to interviews with city officials.