Viktoria Marinova, a 30-year-old Bulgarian journalist who recently became the anchor of a talk show was raped and then killed on Saturday. The case has sent shockwaves throughout the Europe.
The reason behind her killing is still unknown and the Bulgarian authorities said that they are yet to establish a link between her death and her profession.
“Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption,” Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission, said Monday in Brussels. The European Union pledged its support for Bulgarian authorities as they continued their investigation.
Bulgarian officials emphasized that there was no evidence yet to connect Marinova’s killing to her work.
“It’s about rape and murder,” Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said. “The best criminologists have been sent to Ruse – let’s not hurry them,” Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said. “A large amount of DNA has been obtained.”
The girl was a former lifestyle journalist and was a TV presenter for TVN in Bulgaria. Last month only she began to host a TV program called ‘Detector’, which focused on political investigations.