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Bürsa

Bürsa, stabbed to death, June 2009

A Turkish dad stabbed his own 15-year-old daughter to death in an honour killing which has shocked Germany.

Mehmet Ö. (45) sneaked into Bürsa’s bedroom at 3.30am and repeatedly struck the helpless teen with a knife.
Her grandparents called an ambulance but medics could not do anything for Bürsa as she bled to death.
The kebab shop owner fled the crime scene in the town of Schweinfurt but was later arrested by a police patrol in the town centre after a judge issued a warrant.
Police spokeswoman Kathrin Reinhardt said: “He confessed in a hearing to the Criminal Investigation Department.”
As a motive behind the crime, she said: “Both had very dissimilar life outlooks which kept leading to differences between them.”
Bürsa wore a head scarf but she did not want her strict Muslim father to control her life.
Friends described how the western lifestyle of his daughter made Mehmet Ö angry.
Metush H., a friend of the family, said that Bürsa’s sister and mum also had to always wear a headscarf.
Yesterday at her school, the Olympia-Morata-Gymnasium, her classmates gathered in the library to pay tribute to her.
A tearful friend told BILD: “She was a fun-loving girl, loved hip hop music. But that is no reason to kill someone!”

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