Fu­neral held for slain Bul­gar­ian jour­nal­ist

North Bay Nugget - - WORLD NEWS - Ve­selin Toshkov and DAVID Ris­ing

SOFIA, bul­garia — hun­dreds of rel­a­tives, friends and col­leagues of slain bul­gar­ian jour­nal­ist Vik­to­ria Mari­nova said their good­byes at a fu­neral Fri­day in her home­town, just after ger­man po­lice an­nounced that a sus­pect has ac­knowl­edged at­tack­ing her.

Peo­ple queued at the holy trin­ity cathe­dral in the north­ern bor­der town of ruse, bul­garia, to pay trib­ute and lay flow­ers at the cof­fin of the 30-year old, whose body was found Satur­day in a park near the danube river.

a bul­gar­ian Ortho­dox priest per­formed a liturgy with a pro­ces­sion pass­ing the cas­ket to pay last re­spects be­fore the fu­neral.

Mari­nova is sur­vived by a seven-year-old daugh­ter.

ruse Mayor Pla­men Stoilov told re­porters that “the bru­tal slay­ing has cast a shadow over the peace­ful city.”

bul­gar­ian prose­cu­tors have iden­ti­fied the sus­pect as 21-year-old Sev­erin Kras­simirov. he has been charged in ab­sen­tia for Mari­nova’s rape and killing and bul­garia has sought his ex­tra­di­tion from ger­many, where he was ar­rested on an in­ter­na­tional war­rant.

ger­man prose­cu­tors ear­lier said Kras­simirov told them he had not meant to kill Mari­nova, and he de­nied rap­ing or rob­bing her.

the celle, ger­many, pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice said the sus­pect con­fessed to be­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol and drugs when he got into an ar­gu­ment with a woman he did not know in a park. they say he told them he hit her in the face and threw her into bushes but “de­nied the in­tent to kill.”

Prose­cu­tors said Kras­simirov will be ex­tra­dited within the next 10 days.

Mari­nova hosted a tv show last month fea­tur­ing two in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ists who were de­tained for their work on sus­pected fraud in­volv­ing euro­pean union funds.

While Mari­nova didn’t ap­pear to have been closely in­volved in the fraud in­ves­ti­ga­tion, her show touched on a sen­si­tive sub­ject in bul­garia, where cor­rup­tion is en­demic, and there was wide­spread spec­u­la­tion that she may have been tar­geted for her work.

Vadim ghirda/the as­so­ci­ated press

Pall­bear­ers carry Vik­to­ria Mari­nova’s cas­ket prior to her fu­neral in Ruse, Bul­garia, on Fri­day. She was mur­dered last Satur­day.

Mari­nova

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