Gyumri Family Murder Death Toll Rises to 7: Little Seryozha succumbs to stab wounds in hospital

Gyumri Family Murder Death Toll Rises to 7: Little Seryozha succumbs to stab wounds in hospital

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Little Seryozha Avetisyan, the only survivor of a recent family massacre in Gyumri, died in a Yerevan hospital on Monday, doctors said.

The six-month-old had suffered stab wounds in a January 12 attack in which his two grandparents, mother and father, aunt and two-year-old sister were killed immediately.

For seven days doctors at Yerevan’s Surb Astvatsatsin Hospital struggled to save the life of the baby whose death was pronounced hours ago.

“The long and continuous efforts of the leading local and foreign specialists failed to improve the condition of the baby who developed cardio-vascular, lung and kidney insufficiency. Irreversible changes had taken place, which led to his death,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan has offered condolences to the relatives of the Avetisyans on Seryozha’s death.

A soldier of the Russian military base stationed in Gyumri is charged with committing the murders of the Avetisyan family whose funeral in the city on January 15 was followed by large protests. Angry residents demanded that Valery Permyakov, who is in Russian custody today, be handed over to Armenian authorities and tried according to Armenian laws.