A Kurdish woman was fatally shot Sunday during a wedding ceremony in Hannover, Germany for refusing to marry her cousin.
The woman’s father, identified as Ghazi H. by German media, posted an image of his daughter Shilan in a pool of blood on the floor, along with a short obituary.
“She died right in the prime of her life, as a victim of an insidious betrayal and custom,” he wrote.
Ghazi H. said Shilan was forced into an arranged marriage with her cousin, Sefin, which she refused. Ghazi’s two brothers, Numan H. and H. Hassan, had organized it and decided to take revenge on Shilan for her refusal.
“They decided to take revenge, to continue the tradition,” Ghazi H. wrote.
Ghazi H. said she was killed with three shots to the head at the reception.
The killer, Sefin, went on the run after the murder and is still at large. Bild reported Thursday he may have fled to Iraq.
Ghazi H. said his family left Iraq and settled in Germany when Shilan was three. She grew up as a “self-confident woman” who went on to study property management at a college in Hannover.
“What they did was a terrible crime, against an innocent victim. They seem to forget that we are living here in Europe,” Ghazi H. said.
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