The names of those killed in Friday’s attack in Stockholm are slowly being confirmed, and one of them was a top executive in the music industry. The 41-year-old Chris Bevington, originally from the UK, was one of the four people killed when a truck was driven into a shopping area — with 15 additional bystanders injured in the tragic event. Bevington had been working at Spotify’s Stockholm office for the last five years, where he served as Director of Global Partnerships and Business Development. Daniel Ek, founder of the streaming service, posted a heartfelt message on Facebook after Bevington’s passing was confirmed, saying,
He has had a great impact on not just the business but on everyone who had the privilege to know and work with him. There are no words for how missed he will be or for how sad we all are to have lost him like this.
Whilst this terrible news is sinking in, our primary focus is on supporting the family and loved ones of Chris in any way we possibly can.
I am as deeply saddened and upset as all of you that something like this could happen in Sweden. The only light in this deeply tragic moment is the outpouring of love, compassion and solidarity that we have seen from everyone. And that was exactly the kind of person Chris was as well.
Bevington’s family also commented on his death, with his father telling the BBC,
“We are all devastated by the untimely and tragic death of our talented, compassionate and caring son Chris. A wonderful husband, son, father, brother and close friend to many. The family requests absolute privacy at this incredibly difficult time to mourn his passing in peace.”
A 39-year-old man from Uzbekistan has been named a primary suspect in the attack, with another suspected participant arrested on Sunday. According to reports the primary suspect had expressed support for the Islamic State in the past but was seen as a “marginal character” by authorities.