Abe was shot and killed during a campaign speech in western Japan, in broad daylight. The shooter was reportedly upset about the former leader’s association with the Unification Church.
The suspect, Tetsuya Yamagami, was caught right away. It is said that he held a grudge against the sect because his mother made significant donations that caused his family to go bankrupt.
In Japan, gun violence is very uncommon due to the strict gun laws in place. It is believed that Yamagami used a weapon that he made himself.
On Saturday, people from all different backgrounds lined up outside Tokyo’s Zojoji Buddhist temple. They were there to pay their respects by offering flowers in front of framed pictures of a smiling Abe.
In my opinion, he was seen as a symbol of the Japanese people. Tomoko Shimoda, 57, expressed that he considered him to be a symbol of the conservatives.