Honour killing stories 2010

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Born: 1963
shot: 15 January 2010
Residence: Wuppertal-Elberfeld
Origin: Turkey
Children: 1 daughter (11 years old at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her divorced husband Yusuf C. (at the time of the crime 42 years old)

When the trial against Yusuf C. begins in August 2010 before the district court of Wuppertal, witnesses describe the father of the family as often aggressive. His wife therefore divorced him in October 2009.

read Selma's story
Nalan S.
born 1971
stabbed: 21 January 2010
Residence: Gelsenkirchen
Origin: Turkey
Children: 2 girls (at the time of the crime 10, 12 years)
and 2 boys (aged 14, 17)
Perpetrator: her divorced husband Murat S. (at the time of the crime 38 years)

In August 2008, cashier Nalan moves out of the shared apartment with their four children. Murat does not accept the divorce and begins to threaten his wife. There is an attempted murder. The office worker is remanded in custody as a result.

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Born: 1985
Strangled and set on fire: January 24, 2010
Residence: Olpe
Origin: victim: Germany; perpetrator: Iraq
Children: probably none
Perpetrator: her ex-partner Kerim T. / Awad K. (aged 27 at the time of the crime)

The perpetrator is called Awad K. at one point, at ZDF Kerim T. from Gerlingen. He beat up his girlfriend with a wooden bat in October 2008 and therefore has a criminal record. To others he threatens to kill her if she breaks up with him.

read Marika's story
born: 1972
stabbed: 29 January 2010
Residence: Schlüchtern (Hessen)
Origin: Afghanistan
Children: 2 daughters (ages 8, 13), 1 son (age 11)
Perpetrator: her divorced husband Farid (at the time of the crime 40 or 43 years)

Farid studied law in Afghanistan and is fluent in German. He is said to be well integrated. Other sources describe him as short-tempered and "fundamentalist." There is much arguing in his marriage.

read Khatera's story
born: 1992
strangled: 30 / 31 January 2010
Location: Reutlingen / Weinstadt
Origin: victim: Germany; perpetrator: Turkey
Children: none
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Gökhan (at the time of the crime 20 years old)

In the spring of 2008, Rosa, a saleswoman, and Gökhan, an unemployed man, meet. Because of his violence, she divorces after a year and gets a new boyfriend. Gökhan does not want to accept this.

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Amal Jaafar
born: 1987
stabbed: 24 February 2010
Location: Bottrop
Origin: Kurds, possibly Yazidis. Victim: Lebanon; perpetrator: Iraq
Children: one daughter (at the time of the crime 4 years old)
Perpetrator: presumably her friend Stera S. (at the time of the crime 22 years old)

Amal's murder is one of the few honor killings in this archive where the perpetrator is a woman. However, there are other cases where female family members are involved in the murder plot. Amal and Stera are friends. Amal is a Kurdish woman from Lebanon with a German passport.

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Nusreta K.
born: 1964
shot: 6. March 2010
Residence: Munich
Origin: Serbia
Children: 2 daughters, 2 sons (aged 12-18 at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her husband Avdurahman K. (age 48)

In December 2009, Avdurahman, a carpenter, buys a machine gun in the former Yugoslavia. The accompanying story probably goes as follows: Avdurahman's younger brother is murdered in Serbia. The killer goes free.

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Döndü S.
Born: 1992
Strangled: 15 March 2010
Residence: Stolberg (near Aachen)
Origin: Turkey
Children: she was pregnant
Perpetrator: her husband Borak/Burak S. (at the time of the crime 20 years old)

Döndü breaks off her internship as a saleswoman, goes to Turkey in December 2009 and gets married. Bride and groom were born in Germany but hold Turkish passports. A few months later, her husband kills her: On March 15, 2010, the Turk strangles his wife at about 3 a.m. in their shared apartment in Stolberg.

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Born: 1974
stabbed: 25 March 2010
Residence: Gelnhausen (near Hanau)
Origin: Romania
Children: none
Perpetrator: her divorced husband Viktor (age 40 at the time of the crime)

Viktor and Anna leave their Romanian homeland in 1996 and 1998 as late resettlers and come to Gelnhausen in Hesse. They marry in 1999. He works for a car supplier, she as a waitress. After ten years, the two divorce.

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Tania Zakeri
born: 1991
stabbed: 29 March 2010
Residence: Darmstadt
Origin: Afghanistan
Children: none
Perpetrator: her husband (aged 24 at the time of the crime)

The Zakeri family emigrated to Germany from Afghanistan in the 1980s and lived in Darmstadt. They have 3 children and are well integrated. The older sisters are named Nadia and Tania. Both are studying to become pharmaceutical commercial assistants.

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Born: 1963
Attempted murder: March 2010
Residence: Frankfurt/M.
Origin: Turkey
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her husband Ramaszan (aged 55 at the time of the crime, has been living in Germany for 40 years)

Ramaszan comes to Germany in 1972 and to Frankfurt in 1984. He works as a baggage handler. In 2002 he married Fatma, who is eight years younger. It is his second marriage; his first wife had committed suicide.

read Fatma's story
Tanja A.
born 1971
stabbed: April 12, 2010
Residence: Marburg
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Tunisia
Children: 2
Perpetrator: her husband Moncef A. (age 55)

Tanja is a translator and lives with her husband Moncef, the two children they have together and her father, who is in need of care, in a house owned by Tanja's family. Moncef is a computer scientist, but does not work and speaks broken German.

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Ayse S.
Born: 1983
Attempted murder: April 13, 2010
Residence: Frankfurt/M.
Origin: Turkey
Children: presumably none
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Ali A. (age 45 at the time of the crime)

Ayse has a German passport and studies biology. On April 13, she wants to buy a ticket in the Frankfurt subway. From behind, her ex-boyfriend attacks her with a knife and stabs her. Passersby intervene, call the ambulance and apprehend the perpetrator.

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Saskia S.
born: 1992
stabbed: 2. may 2010
Residence: Eckernförde (near Kiel)
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Philippines
Children: victim: 1 unborn; perpetrator: 2
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Erwino-Claudio Y. (age 33)

You can think of this case as an honor killing - or not. Here's the story: 18-year-old vocational education student Saskia from Eckernförde is 10 weeks pregnant with her boyfriend Erwino-Claudio from Rendsburg.

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Born: 1978
Strangled: 5/6 May 2010
Residence: Iserlohn (NRW)
Origin: Turkey
Children: victim: 3; perpetrator: 3
Offender: her lover Murat (34 years old at the time of the crime)

Funda is 14 years old and married to Mehmet, who is six years older. At 15, she becomes a mother for the first time. Her sister will later say that the marriage was "the hell on earth ".

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Born: 1969
Attempted murder: 7 May 2010
Residence: Oldenburg
Origin: victim: Germany; offender: North Africa
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: her husband (38 years old at the time of the crime)

Barbara wants to divorce her husband. His origin is given as North Africa, presumably he comes from Tunisia or Morocco. He does not want to accept the divorce and chases her with a knife into their shared flat on 7 May 2010.

read Barbara's story
Born: 1985
Attempted murder: May 9, 2010
Residence: Bonn
Origin: Kurds, victim: Syria; perpetrator: Turkey
Children: probably none
Perpetrator: Onur Gürbüz, the brother of his ex-girlfriend (21 years old at the time of the crime)

On May 9, 2010, Onur is waiting for his sister's ex-boyfriend at a crosswalk in Bonn. He has four companions with him. First he beats up Ahmet, then rams a knife into his upper body. The victim is taken to the hospital seriously injured.

read Ahmet's story
Born: 1982
Attempted murder: 11 May 2010
Residence: Essen/Bedburg (near Cologne)
Origin: Turkey / Kurds
Children: unclear
Perpetrator: the sister (20 years old at the time of the crime) of his partner

Filiz and Ayse come from a Turkish-Kurdish family. Their father, now deceased, had 2 wives (at the same time) and 15 children. When Ayse was 3 years old, she came to Germany and had a few temporary jobs after she finished high school.

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Born: 1972
Attempted murder: 8 June 2010
Residence: Borken (near Münster)
Origin: Victim: Germany; Offender: Turkey
Children: 3 (at the time of the crime 10, 12, 15 years old)
Perpetrator: her divorced husband (41 years old)

In the early morning of June 8, 2010, Sabine is hit by a car belonging to her divorced husband outside her front door. She falls to the ground with her bicycle. He shoots several times with a gun, seriously injuring her.

read Sabine's story
Margarethe K.
born: 1970
murdered: 9 June 2010
Residence: Detmold/NRW
Origin: Kosovo
Children: 7
Perpetrator: her divorced (in prison) living husband Isa (aged 49 at the time of the crime)

In 1992, Isa and Margarethe come to Germany from Kosovo. The Serb finds work in a tree nursery, the Kosovo Albanian in a hotel. Because Isa seriously injures his son's ex-girlfriend with an iron bar, he is sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

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Pascal E.
born: 1988
stabbed: 23/24 June 2010
City of residence: Hamburg
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Turkey/Aramean
Children: none
Perpetrator: Mathias A. (age 27 at the time of the crime)

On the evening of June 24, 2010, a few friends came home from a party. Mathias, an Aramean from Turkey, approaches Julia (21 years old). Her boyfriend Pascal (22 years old) intervenes. Mathias stabs him with six stitches.

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Sara (Jasmine)
born 1976
murdered: 27 June 2010
Residence: Bonn-Holzlar
Origin: Iraq / Kurds
Children: 1 daughter (age 6 at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her partner Hasan Ahmed Mohammad (age 37)

The antecedents of this murder are rather unclear: Sara was born in Iraq and married in 2002 according to Islamic law. Her husband is also from Iraq, but has British citizenship. There is a young daughter from the "marriage."

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Born: 1982
stabbed: 29 June 2010
Residence: Berlin-Reinickendorf
Origin: Turkey
Children: 3 sons (aged 7,8,9 at the time of the crime) and 1 daughter (8 months)
Perpetrator: her husband Faricin or Fahrettin M. (at the time of the crime 34 years old)

Faricin/Fahrettin is a mechanic, does not work and has a criminal record for some violent crimes. Neighbors describe his marriage to Gülsen as not happy. Presumably, she wants to divorce her husband.

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Jessica Awara
born: 1977
stabbed: 25 July 2010
Residence: Schermbeck (NRW)
Origin: Victim: Cameroon; Offender: Guinea (Africa)
Children: none
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Mustafa (age not clearly stated)

Mustafa is a rejected asylum seeker. He has been with Jessica, a Cameroonian woman, since 2009. He hides in her apartment and basement to avoid deportation to Switzerland. On July 25, 2010, he stabbed Jessica 4 times in the neck.

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born: 1976
murdered: September 10, 2010
Residence: Düsseldorf
Origin: Macedonia
Children: 3 daughters (aged 3-5 at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her husband Ozan/Adnan (31 years old)

Ozan (or Adnan) works as a car salesman, his deaf wife takes care of their three common children. They all have German nationality. When the daughters were in kindergarten on September 10, 2010, Ozan beat his wife to the ground with a chair.

read Ivona's story
born: 1967
stabbed: September 11, 2010
Residence: Oberhausen
Origin: Turkey
Children: 3 children (12-24 years)
Perpetrator: her husband (45 years old at the time of the crime)

On the eve of the crime, there is a phone conversation between Arife's husband and a relative in Turkey. He ends it with "I will do what needs to be done." At 5:30 the next morning, he stabs his wife. She dies in the apartment.

read Arife's story
Gülay (Jasmin, Ayse)
Born: 1986
Attempted murder: September 29, 2010
Residence: Cologne
Origin: Turkey
Children: probably none
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Yüksel / Mustafa D. (at the time of the crime 33 years old)

Yüksel has been stalking his ex-girlfriend Gülay for some time. He does not want to accept their divorce. On September 29, 2010, he shows up at the hotel where she works. Gülay calls a cousin to help mediate.

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Gülay K.
Born: 1976 (or 1973)
Attempted murder: 13 October 2010
Residence: Berlin-Neukölln
Origin: Turkey
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Resul A. (aged 33 at the time of the crime)

For a while, Gülay and Resul live together. Then he has to start a prison sentence. When he gets out of prison, Gülay has emancipated herself and no longer wants to be with him. Resul does not want to accept that at all.

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Serap Y.
Born: 1975
Attempted murder: 14 October 2010
Residence: Hamburg
Origin: Turkey
Children: she was pregnant
Perpetrator: her brother Ibrahim (age 38 at the time of the crime)

Serap is 35 years old and pregnant by a Kurd. Her Turkish brother Ibrahim sees this as a violation of family honor. In October 2010, he visits his sister in her apartment. He threatens, "I have come to kill you."

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Ghassan Al-D.
Born: 1990
Attempted murder: 10/11 November 2010
Residence: Berlin-Reinickendorf
Origin: Palestinian / Lebanon
Children: none
Perpetrators: brothers Abdullah and Mohamad M. (at the time of the crime 18 and 23 years old, born in Germany)

One of the rare honor killings of a man, respectively, it remains an assassination attempt. Brothers Abdullah and Mohamad beat up their 16-year-old sister Sara because they do not accept her relationship with a man four years older.

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Iris S.
born 1970
stabbed: 11 November 2010
Residence: Grevenbroich (NRW)
Origin: Victim: Germany; Offender: Macedonia
Children: 3 (at the time of the crime 10-18 years old)
Perpetrator: her ex-husband Ahmed (age 43)

On November 11, 2010, neighbors hear screams coming from Iris' apartment in the morning and alert the police. When the officers arrive, Ahmed meets them with blood on his hands and shoes. In the apartment lies the body of his ex-wife.

read Iris' story
Indira H.
born: 1972
Shot: November 15, 2010
Residence: Stuttgart
Origin: Bosnia
Children: 4 children (between the ages of 10 and 18 at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her husband Bajro (44 years old)

On November 15, 2010, Bosnian Bajro shot his wife in front of his 16-year-old daughter. He then went on a rampage in the house, but later surrendered to the police. The perpetrator's occupation is given as self-employed freight forwarder, as religion Muslim.

read Indira's story
Meral K.
born 1978
shot: 27 November 2010
Residence: Rüsselsheim (near Frankfurt/M.)
Origin: probably Turkey
Children: 3 children (aged 12 and 8 at the time of the crime and an infant)
Perpetrator: her husband Seyfi (age 41)

On November 27, 2010, Seyfi, a trained industrial mechanic, runs into the street in front of his house and screams that he has killed his wife. Neighbors call the police. The perpetrator gets himself arrested.

read Meral's story
born: 1979
stabbed: 30. november 2010
Residence: Oberhausen
Origin: victim: Arab; perpetrator: Turkey
Children: 2 girls
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Ali (age 37 at the time of the crime)

Ali is a miner, but makes ends meet with undeclared work. While delivering pizzas in Oberhausen, he meets Fadia, an Arab woman. They have an on-and-off relationship. On November 30, 2010, Ali kills his girlfriend in her apartment with 35 knife stabs, nearly chopping off her head.

read Fadia's story
Filiz Y.
Born: 1980
nearly murdered: 1 december 2010
Residence: Dusseldorf
Origin: Turkey / Kurds
Children: 3 (at the time of the crime 5, 9, 11 years old)
Perpetrator: her husband Ramazan Y. (38 years old)

At about the year 2000, Filiz and Ramazan got married. They have three children. The marriage is violent, there is abuse and death threats, even in front of the children. Filiz files charges against her husband several times, but withdraws the charges, presumably due to family pressure.

read Filiz' story
Born: 1996
doused with hot fat: December 4, 2010
Residence: Herten (NRW)
Origin: Lebanon
Children: at least 1 son (5 years old at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her father (50 years old)

Zada's family is from Lebanon, her parents have 8 children. Her father marries her off. Zada has at least one son. Zada divorces her husband and goes into hiding for a year and a half. After that, her father forgives her - supposedly.

read Zada's story
Janine Fuentes-Perez
born 1976
stabbed: December 17/18, 2010
Residence: Bad Homburg/Frankfurt/M.
Origin: Victim: Germany; Perpetrator: Turkey
Children: 1 daughter (aged 12 at the time of the crime)
Perpetrator: her ex-boyfriend Emir C. (34 years old)

Janine lives with her 12-year-old daughter in Bad Homburg and works as a manager in a café. Her boyfriend Emir was born in Freiburg, lives in Frankfurt/M. and is considered jealous. He pretends to be Spanish ("Emilio") and claims to be a physiotherapist.

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Joanna S.
born 1988
stabbed: December 29/30, 2010
Residence: Hanover
Origin: victim: "Asian background"; perpetrator: Brazil
Children: probably none
Perpetrator: her boyfriend Miguel W. (age 27 at the time of the crime)

It is ultimately a matter of discretion whether one sees an honor motive in this crime. It could also be an act of jealousy. However, that would raise the question of why the perpetrator killed not his rival - but his girlfriend.

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Laura Valanciute and Andrés Olivera
Born: 1981 and 1976
Shot to death: 29 November 2010
Residence: Cologne
Origin: victims: Lithuania and Chile; perpetrator: Turkey/Kurd
Children: the perpetrator has 4 daughters
Perpetrator: her ex-lover Mustafa Tilki (aged 41 at the time of the crime)

Mustafa lives in Cologne with his wife and four children, whom he probably mistreats. There are reports of his wife and daughters. The Turkish-Kurdish security guard has had a mistress, Laura, for years.

read Laura's story
Gülhan und Abdullah
geboren: 1978, 1944
erstochen: 12. Februar 2010
Wohnort: Köln-Mühlheim
Herkunft: Türkei
Kinder: 1 Tochter (4 J.), 1 Sohn (5 J.)
Täter: Erkan, ihr Ehemann und sein Sohn (zur Tat 33 J.)

Erkan gilt als gewalttätig. Seine Frau Gülhan hat er bereits mehrfach auf offener Straße geschlagen. Am 12. Februar 2010 wird in der Wohnung der Familie so laut gestritten, dass Nachbarn die Polizei rufen.

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