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The victim, a 12-year-old girl identified only as Luise for privacy reasons, was found stabbed to death near a bike path in a wooded area on Sunday following a massive police search.
A new twist has emerged in the murder of a 12-year-old German schoolgirl as it is claimed that she was killed by two classmates because she told a teacher that they had been bullying her. The victim, known only as Luise under Germany’s strict privacy laws, had reportedly been harassed by her two former friends for months. When she told an adult about her bullying, the 13- and 12-year-old girls stabbed her 30 times “in revenge” in the woods of her hometown of Freudenberg, according to the German newspaper Bild.
Luise was 12 years old.
Luise died from stab wounds
Last Saturday, Luise reportedly met her 13-year-old friend at her home in the city’s Hohenhain district, two miles from her own home. While they’d known each other for years, rode the school bus together, and were even in the same class at school, it’s unclear why Luise and her killer met in light of the bullying allegations. Later that day, the 12-year-old accomplice joined in and the trio walked into a nearby forest. There Luise was stabbed more than 30 times with a knife in a case that shocked Germany. Luise’s body was found in the woods the next day, March 12, during a mass police search of the area after her parents reported the girl missing on Saturday afternoon.
Two girls suspected of killing a 12-year-old girl in Germany
The two girls, who were seen by a neighbor while walking through the woods with Luise, “made statements about the matter and eventually admitted to the crime,” said Florian Locker, head of the Koblenz police’s homicide department. The 13-year-old girl had reportedly coerced the younger suspect into helping her. Locker declined to provide further details because the suspects are too young to be held criminally responsible for their actions in Germany, as the age of criminal responsibility starts at 14.
The accused accepted the crime
Investigators have yet to locate the ‘small knife’ used in the crime. After the stabbing, the girls returned to the 13-year-old’s home, where her father later picked up the younger girl. Subsequently, the older girl called Luise’s parents and told them a story of lies, saying that Luise started coming home at 5:30 p.m. m. and she wanted to let him know once she had arrived. Since Luise had not called, the 13-year-old girl allegedly called her several times because she was “worried” about her, while she knew where Luise really was: stabbed and left to die in the woods. Police said that during the search and subsequent questioning, the two girls made conflicting statements and both finally confessed on Monday, March 13.
Police Investigation Report
The two girls attended the same school as Luise and were said to be friends. The parents of the suspects have moved on for the time being but are still in contact with their daughters. Luise’s disappearance sparked a frantic search operation involving a helicopter, sniffer dogs, and drones. When she was found stabbed 30 times, the community in the small town of just 18,000 was shocked. Koblenz prosecutor Mario Mannweiler told a press conference after Luise’s discovery: “The girl died as a result of numerous stab wounds and consequent loss of blood.”
He added that there was “no indication of a sexual offense.” Local residents laid flowers and placed candles near the wooded area where her body was found. Hendrik Wuest, governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, said the state is “mourning”. And he added: “It is incomprehensible and unbearable that children are capable of such horrible acts.” He promised that the authorities will do everything possible to discover the motive and the circumstances behind the crime. After more than 40 years on the job, you still have cases that leave you speechless,” said Jürgen Süs, vice president of the Koblenz police directorate.
Luise’s school replaced her home page with a condolence message. We lost our student, classmate, and friend Luise over the weekend,” the Esther-Bejarano Comprehensive School in Freudenberg said in the statement. Too soon, she was violently torn from our midst 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 notorious 1993 murder of two-year-old James Bulger in England. The little boy was kidnapped and tortured before being killed by two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson and Jon Venables.