The 15-year-old died on Monday after a knife attack in Viersen on the Lower Rhine. The seriousness of the murder provoked a region wide manhunt for the suspects.
After following false leads on suspects, the alleged perpetrator who stabbed and killed Iuliana, a 17-year-old boy, appeared at a police station in the city of Mönchengladbach along with his lawyer to turn himself in.
The 17-year-old teenager from Bulgaria lives in Viersen.
He was arrested. Investigations into the circumstances and background of the offense continue.
Meanwhile, to clear up the confusion surrounding the case.
Previously, a false suspect was arrested, but he has since been released.
A 25-year old from Turkey was suspected because he fled police when they approached him but later turned himself in. The man was released after he was acquitted of charges. The reason he fled the police was because he was afraid of being caught for possessing drugs.
“The man stated during his interrogation that he had withdrawn from police control because he was afraid of being investigated for a violation of the Narcotics Act,” the investigators reported.
“My daughter knew Iulia,” says the Viersenerin Johanna Pastos. “When we saw the picture of her in the paper this morning, the tears came directly into our eyes,”says Johanna visibly moved.
In the meantime, the girl’s parents have set up commemorative candles near the park bench where their child was murdered and our hearts go out to them.