After German officials arrested an Afghan refugee for the rape and murder of a young woman named Maria Landenburger, the woman’s family encouraged mourners to donate to a charity that helps asylum seekers.
Landenburger was found raped and drowned on Oct. 16. An Afghan asylum seeker was arrested Dec. 3 with DNA evidence tying him to the crime.
In the October obituary, Ladenburger’s family asked for donations to remember their daughter be sent to “Weitblick Freiburg.”
Weitblick Freiburg’s “About Us” page states:
Cooperation with the refugee center ‘Bissierstraße’
As part of our local commitment in Freiburg itself we are implementing various projects with children and adults living in the refugee center ‘Bissierstraße’. We regularly organize activities such as visits to the theatre, the cinema or to the countryside with them to promote personal and cultural exchange. We also connect people to families living in the refugee center through ‘familial sponsorships’, so they can offer special support e.g. with flat-hunting or German bureaucracy.
Apart from that, we also take care of the small library in the refugee center, so especially children and youths can come and play, read and chat. Arranging private German lessons is another part of our work in the refugee center.
It was initially reported that Ladenburger used to volunteer in a group that helped refugees — it’s unclear if this is the same organization.
The murdered woman’s father, Clemens Ladenburger, is a senior European Union official.
The crime has garnered substantial attention since the arrest of 17-year-old Afghan refugee “Hussein K,” with many laying the blame at the feet of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s lax refugee policies. Some even took to social media to sarcastically “thank” Merkel.
A high-ranking member of German government warned against using the rape and murder for “rabble-rousing and conspiracy propaganda,” also saying, “it is clear to everyone that refugees can commit equally terrible crimes as people born in Germany.” Now, German media outlets are facing accusations of covering up the story.
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