Lower Saxony and Bremen
Ten years after the murder: a tombstone commemorates eleven-year-olds
Emden (dpa / lni) – Ten years after the murder of Lena, who was then eleven years old, the city of Emden, in consultation with her parents, erected a memorial stone in the center of Emden. The stone decorated with butterflies and a newly planted tree on Burgplatz should be a place of remembrance for Lena, as announced by the city administration. “These small gestures will not bring Lena back, but Lena’s mourning and memory have a permanent place in our city,” Mayor Tim Kruithoff (independent) said in a statement.
Ten years ago, on Thursday, March 24, 2012, the student was lured into a parking lot within sight of the police station by an 18-year-old. There the perpetrator attacked her and eventually killed her. The man was convicted of murder, sexual abuse and aggravated assault. He was admitted to a psychiatric ward indefinitely.
The crime had shocked the city of some 50,000 inhabitants and aroused great sympathy. According to a statement from the city administration, the act has been etched in the collective memory of the port city to this day. Now all Emden residents are invited to express their grief and condolences to the family in a public place.