Murdered journalist’s funeral held in Bulgaria
HUNDREDS of relatives, friends and colleagues of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova have attended her funeral in her native town of Ruse.
It took place just after German police announced that a suspect has acknowledged attacking her.
People queued at the Holy Trinity Cathedral to pay tribute and lay flowers at the coffin of the 30-year old, whose body was found in a park near the Danube River on Saturday. She 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-yearold Severin Krassimirov. He has been charged in absentia for the 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. He is to be extradited.