Afghan Migrant In Germany Detained For Rape, Murder of EU Official's Daughter

December 5, 2016

On Friday, a 17-year-old Afghan migrant was detained by authorities in Germany for the rape and murder of a 19-year-old university student on October 16, reports the Associated Press.

The unnamed migrant was accepted into Germany last year as an unaccompanied minor. 

Maria Ladenburger, the young murder victim, is the daughter of a top EU official: Dr. Clemens Ladenburger, a top lawyer who works closely to European Commission legal director. 

Special Commission head David Müller was able to recount the victim's final hours: "The 19-year-old student had been at a party. By 2.37 a.m., she left the party. Maria then cycled home, as usual. The young woman had been the victim of a sexual offence and a violent crime," he said. 

After the rape, Ladenburger was reportedly drowned and later found in the River Dreisam.

A scarf found near the cycle path, which belonged to Ladenburger, has the suspect's DNA on it. Further incriminating the migrant, a strand of hair on a nearby blackberry bush was also found by police. 

Following the arrest, the suspect pleaded guilty to the attack, though prosecutors say the migrant can still change his plea and it remains unclear if the suspect admitted to the rape specifically. 

"Ms Ladenburger reportedly worked in her spare time helping out in refugee homes in Freiburg," notes Express. The suspect lived in the German city with a local family, though it is unknown if the two had ever met prior to the fatal attack. 

In late October, Dr. Ladenburger and his wife Frederika placed a memorial notice for their deceased daughter in the Frankfurter Allgemeine paper. 

"Maria was for 19 years a singular ray of sunshine for our family, and that she will remain," said the memorial. "We thank God for this gift, that he made you with us.  We are sure that she is safe with him."

Ladenburger would have turned 20 years old on December 6.

 

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