Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Halyna Hutchins on Thursday for the Ukrainian cameraman and film director who was fatally shot on the set of the DC Universe animated film Toxic , and whose murder has sparked tensions between the two countries.
In July, Hutchins, who was 45, was gunned down as she worked on the DC Universe film in Toronto, where “Heroes” films are made. Police said two men ambushed Hutchins in broad daylight, shooting her multiple times in the head and torso while bystanders looked on. In a video that has surfaced online, one of the gunmen can be seen angrily standing over Hutchins. He is heard shouting before then shooting her.
On Thursday, the small church in Latvia’s capital of Riga where Hutchins’s funeral was held held a short prayer service followed by a burial. Above her coffin, Hahn’s work was highlighted by a large banner of one of her animated films. An “M” in Polish was pinned to her coffin, a reference to her Polish husband Gabor Pristans, and she was buried alongside her husband in a small village of North Kaunas in Lithuania.
Her friend and co-writer of “Tarzan Lives,” Rihanna Bebi, said in an interview with The Toronto Star that she was “terribly sad.”
“She was planning something really beautiful for everyone to enjoy,” Bebi said, adding that Hutchins’s sudden death has upset everyone she has worked with.
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