After 30 years, Boško and Admira, Sarajevo’s Romeo and Juliet, will have a memorial plaque

SARAJEVO, July 28 (FENA) – On the initiative of the head of Sarajevo’s Centar Municipality Srđan Mandić, with a prior agreement with the Ismić family, a memorial plaque will be erected at the place of death of Admira Ismić and Boško Brkić.

Nedreta and Amela Ismić, Admira’s mother and sister, approved the conceptual solution for the memorial plaque, the author of which is the recognized Bosnian sculptor Adis Lukač.

The frontman of the band ‘Zabranjeno pušenje’ Davor Sučić gave his consent to have the lyrics of his song dedicated to Boško and Admira written on the memorial plaque.

“With this act, a long-standing injustice will be corrected. The love story of Sarajevo’s Romeo and Juliet went around the entire world, and in this way, it will receive a permanent mark in the place where their lives tragically ended,” said Mayor Mandić.

The official installation of the commemorative plaque is planned for September on the left bank of the Miljacka River in the immediate vicinity of the Suada Dilberović and Olga Sučić bridge.

The love of Boško and Admira shared to their last breath was the theme of “Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo”, an international documentary about the deaths of Admira Ismić (1968) and Boško Brkić (1968).

The couple were natives of Bosnia and Herzegovina living in the city of Sarajevo. She was a Bosniak, and he a Bosnian Serb.

They were killed by sniper fire on 19 May 1993, while trying to cross the Vrbanja Bridge to the Serb-controlled territory of Grbavica. Mark H. Milstein’s photograph of their dead bodies was used by numerous media outlets, and a Reuters dispatch about them was filed by Kurt Schork.

To this date, it is not known with certainty who fired the shots. The bodies of Admira and Boško laid on the bridge for days since no one dared to enter the Sniper Alley, a no man’s land, and recover them.

As the bodies lay on the bridge, the Serb paramilitaries and the Bosnian army argued over who killed the couple and who would ultimately take responsibility for the killing.

After eight days, the bodies were recovered by Serb forces in the middle of the night. However, it was later revealed that the RS Army forced Bosnian prisoners of war to go there in the middle of the night and recover the bodies.

The two were buried together, side by side, at Lav Cemetery, surrounded by thousands of other victims killed during the siege of Sarajevo.

(FENA) S. R.