On a Tuesday night in May, Susanna Maria Feldman went out with her friends — a bit rowdy, but a generally good group of kids. Susanna didn't come home that night. She was raped, strangled and buried in the dead of night, her body dumped into a ditch leading up to a railway track near the refugee camp in her hometown of Wiesbaden, Germany.
Susanna adored her five-year-old sister and cherished her family. She was 14 years old. They found her body two weeks later.
By then, Ali Bashar, the 20-year-old man who raped and strangled Susanna, had fled Germany, along with his parents and five siblings (all using fake names), back to his home in Iraq. Bashar had previously been accused of robbery and assault on a female police officer — he'd also been a suspect in the rape of an 11-year-old girl who lived in the same refugee station as he did.
Yes, he was a refugee. He arrived in the country in October 2015 as part of the wave of puppy-eyed refugees that flooded Europe, who many European countries so proudly took in and gave shelter to.
Susanna is not alone, not by far.
Susana was of Jewish German heritage. The Central Council of Jews in Germany said in a statement:
A young life has been put in a cruel way. Our deep compassion applies to relatives and friends. Susanna was a member of the Jewish community of Mainz. At present much of the background is still unclear. We expect the law enforcement authorities to provide rapid and comprehensive information as well as tough consequences for the perpetrators.
Susanna is not alone, not by far. She's just one of the growing number of young women — and young girls — who are being sexually violated, abused and, like some unimaginable nightmare, murdered, then tossed into a ditch somewhere — left in the refuse and the offal without a thought about the preciousness of their lives.
Europe, this is what so many people were afraid of, this is what all the so-called naysayers were afraid of. And, worst of all, this is only the beginning.