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11-year-old Bulgarian girl raped and killed by Albanian

24 August 2010 / 08:08:12  GRReporter
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The picture of an 11-year-old auburn girl dressed in a white vest circulated all over Greece still on Sunday. The parents notified the police about her disappearance which put in operation the Amber Alert system in the country for tracing children. All Greek TVs aired information about the missing 11-year-old Reni, whose surname and nationality were not reported at the beginning. The light boards on major highways in the country warned of the search of the child. At the same time, the police investigation in the village of Eleohori on the peninsula of Peloponnese was getting along fast. While questioning people who have seen Reni last the investigators chanced on the 41-year-old Albanian Jani Malo Merkai, he himself the father of a 17-year-old son, whose testimony was contradictory for the police.

During a more detailed examination the man confessed that Reni was playing with her classmates at the village center at about 1.20 am on the fatal Saturday night, when he got her in his car promising to drive her home. Instead, he drove the 11-year-old girl to a field about 7 kilometers away from the village, where he repeatedly raped her. When he realized what he had done, the Albanian panicked and threw the girl into a 10-meter deep well, where she died. Then, the killer took part in the child search together with the villagers until the police suspected and arrested him.

The Albanian made full confessions and then himself took the police to the well where the body of the girl was found. The results of the forensic medical report that will be made in Athens will prove the exact cause of the child’s death. The 41-year-old Albanian, who has been living with his family in Greece for 10 years, was convicted of premeditated murder. The police used sniffer dogs in the search of the child and sociologists and psychologists of the Greek foundation The Smile of the Child, specialized in the search for missing children, offered their expert assistance.

Not being a top one, the news of the murder of the 11-year-old Reni Traykova, who lived with her parents in the Peloponnesian village Eleohori since October 2009, is present in most Greek media. Initially, some of them claimed that the killer was Bulgarian. Ethnos Newspaper focuses on the shock that the murder of the child caused among the inhabitants of Eleohori. Kathimerini Newspaper reported that the killer will give evidence before the district prosecutor in the central city of the Peloponnese peninsula - Tripoli.

Tags: Reni TraykovaMurderCrime newsBulgarians in Greece
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