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November 29, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Thousands see Greg Halman laid to rest as his family now copes with second part of tragedy

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Greg Halman was given a sendoff in his native country of The Netherlands today befitting of a baseball player who had become a pioneer for Europeans in the game. Thousands attended a funeral mass and burial in the small town of Dreihuis, just outside of Halman’s hometown of Haarlem.
The Mariners were represented at the funeral by players Dan Cortes, Mike Carp, Adam Moore and Matt Mangini, all of whom teamed with Halman in Class AAA and later in the majors. The five stood on stage in a packed chapel, with thousands more outside, and Cortes told the story we mentioned on this blog last week about how he first met Halman, who had been mocking a tattoo of his in Spanish — not realizing Cortes was of hispanic heritage.
The two later became close friends and roommates.
Mariners international scouting guru Bob Engle was at the funeral as well, along with scout Wayne Norton, who signed Halman. Mariners Dutch scout Peter Van Dalen, who put Larson on to Halman when the latter was just a teenager, was there as well.
“It was really special,” Van Dalen said. “We had to walk up a bit of a hill to get to the service and when you looked back down again, you could see all the people lined up ready to come and listen as well. It showed you just how important he was to so many people.”
Halman’s mother, Hanny, spoke at the service as well and gave an indication of the dual tragedy the family has faced in the eight days since Halman was stabbed to death. Halman’s younger brother, Jason, has been arrested in the killing, but police are holding him in an isolation cell on a two-week extension before deciding what to charge him with.
The reason for the delay has been explained by various sources throughout the past week and was touched on by Halman’s mother today.
Jason Halman, the family has told people, was experiencing several emotional and psychological issues in the two weeks prior to the killing.


Apparently, Halman, who had returned from a European MLB tour on Nov. 13 to the Rotterdam appartment he shared with his brother, was being driven to concern and distraction by Jason the weekend of the killing. Jason had been hearing “voices” inside the head and seemed to be disconnecting more and more from daily reality.
It got so bad that he phoned his mother, who went to the apartment to see her sons. The family called a doctor, who came to see them on Sunday afternoon. The doctor gave the family a referral to see a specialist the following day.
That night, Jason Halman (pictured in the inset above) went out, then returned home in the wee hours of Monday morning. He didn’t have a key, so he woke his brother, who was upstairs with his girlfriend, Tanjita Larmony, to come and open the door for him.
After Greg Halman opened the door, his brother apparently began blasting some music loudly. It was the only way, my sources tell me, that he could avoid hearing the voices he told others were in his head.
The brothers are said to have argued about the music. At some point, Greg Halman was stabbed once in the throat, severing his carotid artery.
Halman’s family, even in their shattering grief, has remained firmly in younger brother Jason’s corner. I’m told he does not even realize that his older brother id dead.
That will be for the police and legal system to figure out.
But for now, this is the second tragedy the family is coping with.
“It’s all so terrible,” Van Dalen said. “It makes no sense. Jason loved his brother more than anything.”

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