The murder that shocks Germany: two girls aged 12 and 13 killed a schoolmate with 30 stab wounds

Luise was murdered last Saturday with 30 stab wounds

Two 12 and 13-year-old girls confessed to stabbing a 12-year-old classmate to death. The victim, known only as Louise under strict German privacy laws, she had disappeared last Saturday afternoon near the town of Freudenberg, in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

The girl’s body was found the next day in a wooded area. not far from his home, after an intense police search of the area.

After the first tests, the police confirmed that the girl was stabbed more than 30 times with a small knife. “He died as a result of numerous stab wounds and the consequent loss of blood,” he declared at a press conference Koblenz public prosecutor Mario Mannweiler who added that there were no indications of a sexual offence.

The two girls had been summoned to give their testimony because of their closeness to the victim, “but in the middle of the statement they ended up confessing the crime”, revealed Florian Locker, head of the Koblenz police homicide department.

“The girls and Luise knew each other a lot,” Mannweiler added.

The official did not want to give more details because the suspects are too young to be held criminally responsible for their actions. The thing is in Germany, the age of criminal responsibility begins at 14 years.

Meanwhile, investigators continue to search for the knife or knives used in the crime.

Luise’s ordeal began last Saturday. Luise’s parents reported her missing after she did not return from visiting one of the suspects, the 13-year-old, at her home three kilometers away.

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Little Luise was 12 years old

The other of the alleged killers, aged 12, joined them and neighbors saw the girls walking through the nearby woods.

Police officers said that they became suspicious when, during the interrogation, the two girls began to make contradictory statements.

The first reports indicate that the older one would have forced the other friend to help her in the murder. According to the local media, Luise was a close friend of those who ended up killing her, but in her last hours of life she had had a heated argument.

Hendrik Wuest, Governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, declared that the state is “in mourning.” And he added:It is incomprehensible and unbearable that girls are capable of committing such horrible acts.”. In addition, he promised that the authorities would do everything possible to discover the motive and the circumstances of the crime.

“After more than 40 years in office, you still get cases that leave you speechless,” he said. Jürgen Süs, Deputy Chairman of the Koblenz Police Directorate.

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The book of condolences for the murdered girl Luise and a card reading “We mourn Luise” are displayed in the protestant church in Freudenberg, western Germany, on March 15, 2023 (AFP) (INA FASSBENDER/ )

“We have lost our student, classmate and friend Luise this weekend,” said the Esther-Bejarano de Freudenberg school. The text adds: “Too soon she was violently torn from among us and from her family. Our thoughts and wishes are with her family and friends now and in the days to come.”

The case revived memories of the infamous 1993 murder of two-year-old James Bulger in England. The boy was kidnapped and tortured before being killed by two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.

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