A jealous ex who shot his former girlfriend to death in a cafe has told police how he planned to commit suicide at her grave.
Accused Musa Sevim, 24, gunned down 21-year-old victim Meryem Sevim after she went live on TikTok with another man.
So he tracked her down to a cafe in Diyarbakir in south-eastern Turkey on 13th November, where he gunned her down in a hail of bullets.
Official reports say Meryem was hit nine times in the devastating attack and died later at the Diyarbakir Gazi Yasargil Training And Research Hospital.
Diyarbakir police announced on 28th December that the suspect was hiding in an abandoned building.
Musa – reportedly a former drug addict – had a gun and his brother’s ID with him when a special police unit stormed the building to arrest him. He remains in custody awaiting his trial.
According to local media, Musa told cops during the first session of interrogations that he had planned to go to Meryem’s grave to kill himself there.
The regional murder investigation directory announced that two 17-year-old men were also arrested as investigations continue.
The individuals – identified only as M. S. B. and F. A. – attended the cafe with Musa, according to CCTV footage and interviewed witnesses. They are suspected of being his accomplices.
Femicide is a growing problem in Turkey, particularly after the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July of 2021.
According to the 2021 Annual Data Report announced by the We Will Stop Femicide Platform, 280 women were killed by men throughout last year, while 217 women were found suspiciously dead.
According to data from the Monument Counter – which is “a digital memorial for women killed by violence” that gets daily updates – 392 femicides have taken place in Turkey so far this year.