Sus­pect turns him­self in af­ter killing mayor

The Barrie Examiner - - WORLD -

BRUS­SELS — Bel­gian author­i­ties on Tues­day were ques­tion­ing a teenager sus­pected of killing a city mayor in a ceme­tery overnight by slash­ing his throat with a box cut­ter. Al­fred Gadenne, the mayor of Mouscron in western Bel­gium, was found dead early Mon­day evening in a ceme­tery near his home. Gadenne, 71, opened and closed the grave­yard each day. A spokesman for the re­gional Crown Prose­cu­tor’s of­fice, Fred­eric Bariseau, told re­porters that po­lice re­ceived a tele­phone call just be­fore 8 p.m. telling them about at­tack, and that the caller iden­ti­fied him­self as the per­pe­tra­tor. When po­lice and am­bu­lance work­ers ar­rived they found the mayor dead with his throat slashed. When asked about Bel­gian me­dia re­ports that the teenager’s fa­ther com­mit­ted sui­cide af­ter be­ing fired from his city hall job two years ago, Bariseau ac­knowl­edged that “some of the ex­pla­na­tions that have been go­ing around con­cern the death of his fa­ther.”

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