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Triangle Norway native mourns for her country

Posted July 23, 2011 5:18 p.m. EDT
Updated July 23, 2011 9:27 p.m. EDT

— A Wake Forest woman from Norway said she is shocked by the violence that unfolded in her native country Friday, when a gunman killed at least 92 people at a youth camp and a massive explosion ripped through an Oslo building that houses the prime minister's office.

Signe Marwede is praying for the people of Norway, she said Saturday.

Marwede was born in the peaceful Scandinavian country and lived there through her college years. She now calls the Triangle home, but has never given up her Norwegian citizenship.

She said Saturday that she's been unable to tear herself away from the computer, where she's been watching Norwegian television over the Internet.

"I'm sad for Norway," she said.

The horrible attacks were a devastating blow, she said, made worse by the fact that the suspect is not a foreigner, but a native Norwegian.

"There's a Norwegian who did this," she said. "One of us (did) it. I think it was a terrible shock."

Marwede said her shock is echoed by her family and friends in Oslo, who are all okay, but trying to find comfort in the words of their king.

"He just said, 'Freedom is stronger than fear.' We have our Norway, (but) as a nation it'll take a long time to work this through," she said.

The country, which awards the Nobel Peace Prize, hasn't seen a violent act of this magnitude since World War II.