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July 21st, 2014
06:14 PM ET

Flight 17 grief hits the Netherlands hard

(CNN) – At Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, the grim reality of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17's fate is setting in.

Most of the victims of the downed airline were from the Netherlands.

It is a nation with fewer residents than the state of Florida. And every loss – every child, mother and friend now gone – reverberates with the Dutch in waves of unspeakable grief.

Closure is held at bay by bodies not yet recovered, as memorials flood the doorsteps of the dead.

The king and prime minster of the Netherlands met with victims' families on Sunday, marking their thoughts in a book of condolences.

Among the lost: a flower shop owner, a restaurateur, and a promising young DJ.

Over the weekend, Dutch athletes wore black armbands to commemorate their fallen countrymen.

The flags are at half mast, while newspaper headlines cry out "murderers" in response to the innocence lost above a war zone.

As for Russian President Vladimir Putin, there are words for him, too. The father of a 17-year-old passenger posted an open letter to the Russian leader on his Facebook page.

"I hope you're proud to have shot her, amongst other, young life and future. And that you will be able to look at yourself in the mirror tomorrow morning," he wrote.

He signed it: "father Hans de Borst from Monster, The Netherlands, whose life is ruined!!"

"Mr. Putin must take care of my son and my daughter to bring them home," a mother, who lost her son and his girlfriend in the crash, told CNN.

Back at Terminal 3 of the airport, where so many Dutch began their final flight, there is one last request.

"I want the bodies, I want the bodies," one father, sobbing, told CNN.

"You can have everything, but the bodies," said another parent.

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