World Belgian mayor found dead with throat slashed in cemetery

10:35  13 september  2017
10:35  13 september  2017 Source:   CNN

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Belgian police arrested a suspect after a local mayor had his throat slashed in a graveyard, authorities said Tuesday, as they probed a murder that shocked the country. Alfred Gadenne, 71, was found dead on Monday in a cemetery where he opened and locked the gates every day

The mayor of a city in Belgium was found dead with his throat slashed in a graveyard near his home on Monday evening. The body of 71-year-old he failed to return from the cemetery , where he was a caretaker and locked the gates each night, according to Belgian media, citing the public prosecutor.

Alfred Gadenne, pictured last February, was found dead on Monday.© Virginie Lefour/AFP/Getty Images Alfred Gadenne, pictured last February, was found dead on Monday.

The mayor of a city in Belgium was found dead with his throat slashed in a graveyard near his home.

The body of 71-year-old Alfred Gadenne -- the mayor of the western industrial town of Mouscron -- was discovered after he failed to return Monday from the cemetery, where he was a caretaker and locked the gates each night, according to Belgian media, citing the public prosecutor. A Mouscron police secretary confirmed the details to CNN.

A suspect surrendered to police at the scene, first deputy prosecutor Frederic Bariseau said at a news conference on Tuesday.

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BRUSSELS — Belgian media say a teenager is suspected of killing a city mayor in a cemetery overnight by slashing his throat . State broadcaster RTBF, citing the crown prosecutor’s office, said Tuesday that Alfred Gadenne, the mayor of Mouscron in western Belgium

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The suspect, who has not been named, was holding a "cutter" in his hand when he was apprehended, although officials have yet to confirm it was the weapon used to kill Gadenne, Bariseau said.

Emergency services at the Luingne Cemetery in Mouscron on Monday, where Gadenne was found dead.© Kurt Desplenter/AFP/Getty Images Emergency services at the Luingne Cemetery in Mouscron on Monday, where Gadenne was found dead.

Police believe the suspect's motive may have been vengeance, Bariseau said, without providing further details. He will be designated a psychiatrist to determine whether he is responsible for his actions, officials said.

Gadenne's death has shocked the country, with the Prime Minister expressing his horror at the "brutal" killing.

"It was with alarm and sadness that I learned of Alfred Gadenne's brutal death. All my thoughts go to his family and friends," Prime Minister Charles Michel tweeted on Monday.

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