A man who allegedly shot his former girlfriend to death in a cafe has reportedly told police how he planned to take his own life at her grave.
Musa Sevim, 24, is accused of gunning down 21-year-old Meryem Sevim after she went live on TikTok with another man. He allegedly tracked her down to a cafe in Diyarbakir, in south-eastern Turkey, on November 13, and opened fire.
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 claimed on Wednesday that the suspect had been hiding in an abandoned building.
Musa — reportedly a former drug addict — allegedly 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 and investigations are ongoing.
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 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.
If you or someone you know is suffering from domestic violence, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636, Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467.
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