Bul­gar­i­ans mourn for slain journalist

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - INTERNATIONAL -

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 to pay trib­ute and lay flow­ers at the cof­fin of the 30-year-old, whose body was found last Satur­day in a park near the Danube River.

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 in 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 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.

AP/VADIM GHIRDA

A woman iden­ti­fied as the mother of slain tele­vi­sion journalist Vik­to­ria Mari­nova mourns among oth­ers dur­ing a ser­vice be­fore her daugh­ter’s fu­neral Fri­day in Ruse, Bul­garia.

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