On 14 March, the police in the Northern-German city of Flensburg reported the death of a 17-year-old girl. On Monday 12 March, 18:35 police and emergency services were contacted because of a badly wounded girl in one of the houses on the Flensburg Exe. An 18-year-old acquittance called, because the girl had been stabbed repeatedly. Attempts to save her life did not succeed.

The police report further notes that based on preliminary investigations, it suspected an 18-year-old man from Afghanistan. After deliberation with the Public Prosecutor in Flensburg, he was taken into temporary custody. On Tuesday, the District Court Flensburg issued a warrant for his arrest, charged manslaughter. That same day, the autopsy on the victim, by the court’s doctors of the Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, has shown the wounds indicate external force. In addition, the First Commissariat of the Criminal Police has carried out extensive forensic investigations.

More information was slowly released. On Wednesday 14 May, the Public Prosecutor Ulrike Stahlmann-Liebelt officially confirmed that the suspect is an Afghan refugee, who has been in Germany since 2015. Although his application for asylum-status has been rejected, but the refusal has not been made final. Apparently, the procedure was still ongoing. The girl’s name now also appears (Mireille B.), as well as the idea that she was in a relationship with her killer.

Local newspaper Flensburger Tageblatt writes that it was known in Flensburg that Mireille had had a troubled childhood, including stints in youth-care. Indeed, the house in which she lived and was killed, is said to have been rented by the youth facility whose staff cared for her as an outpatient. Just like they did for her suspected killer, by the way, as was pointed out by an activist for the local Refugees Welcome-branch and since confirmed by the city council. The youth facility is also said to still be taking care of him.

The house in which Mireille lived is shared by 25 tenants. It is a new building, habited since October 2016. Mireille was one of its first occupants, living on the third floor. Flensburger Tageblatt interviewed some of her neighbours, who said that the 17-year-old was often visited by her suspected killer. Had the visits at first been inconspicuous, later it came to arguments, which, according to BILDwere also about whether or not she was to wear a headscarf.

One tenant is quoted:

One could be forgiven for thinking they lived together. (…) There were also very loud clashes, which also got physical.

On the day of Mireille’s death, around 18:00, the neighbours heard loud screaming. By then, there was no chance to save her anymore.

How did it happen? This is the question asked in an article in Flensburger Tageblatt on 16 March:

A resident of Flensburg, who is well acquainted with the girl, asks the central question:’how can one put a person, that is that unstable, that has psychical problems, in her own house?’ The older lady describes Mireille as ‘defenceless and vulnerable’. In her opinion, she should never have been left alone.

Though it is not said directly, the impression by neighbours, that the killer actually lived with the girl is confirmed, when the article speaks about the youth facility having talks with “the pair.” That those talks must have been about the criminal charges the girl filed with the police against her boyfriend. How the fact she retracted at least one of those, as well as what witnesses testify, show that it was a partnership with extreme ups and downs. That what happened was a crime of passion. Then the author waxes about how love, jealousy, separation, all have their own faces, which are also cultural in nature.

But what it comes down to, is that it is quite probable that a psychologically vulnerable young woman was pushed into living alone, because outpatient care is cheaper than a place in a home. That she was then not forbidden by her youth facility caregivers to pursue a relationship with a violent young man, possibly in the home rented for her care. That despite multiple criminal charges, no change was made, no measures were taken. And that now, she is dead.

After Maria Ladenburger and Mia Valentin, Mireille B. is the third German girl to have been killed by an Afghan asylum seeker.