Simmie Poetsema of the Netherlands has died. He was 26.
Poetsema was a soldier, a member of a special defense unit of the Royal Netherlands Army called Korps Commandotroepen. He was a corporal first class.
In 2021, Poetsema was one of the Dutch soldiers sent to Kabul, Afghanistan. They helped evacuate Dutch citizens and Afghans from the city that was periodically the scene of deadly bombings carried out mostly by the Taliban.
On the evening of August 26, 2022, Poetsema and other Dutch soldiers went to a club in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, United States. They were among the Korps Commandotroepen members housed at the Hampton Inn in Indianapolis while training at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Butlerville, Jennings County, Indiana.
The Dutch solders were on a day off from training. At around 3:00 a.m. on August 27, 2022, they were walking back to their hotel when they were antagonized allegedly by Shamar Devonte Duncan, 22, of Indianapolis and two other men, who were looking for a fight.
The encounter turned into a fight and one of the men from Duncan’s group was knocked to the ground. After Poetsema and other Dutch soldiers tried to diffuse the situation, Duncan and his companions went back to their Ford F-150 pickup.
At around 3:30 a.m., while the Dutch soldiers were outside Hampton Inn, the pickup truck pulled up outside the hotel. While sitting in the back seat of the vehicle, Duncan allegedly opened fire.
Poetsema and two other Dutch soldiers were shot. On August 29, 2022, the Dutch Defense Ministry confirmed that Poetsema was surrounded by family and colleagues when he died of his injuries.
On August 30, 2022, Duncan was arrested and charged with murder. The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department has yet to release his mugshot.