DEATH: November 17, 2003
Maja, 16, was invited for a ride in a car with three boys and a girl, all who were also born in Yugoslavia and immigrated to Holland.
In the Car, Maja was strangled from behind and killed. Her body was dropped in the Wetlands near the river “De Waal ” and with petrol (fuel) set on fire. Maja’s burning body was found shortly after midnight near the eastern city of Nijmegen. The cause of death has not been made public, but an autopsy indicated the girl was dead before her body was set alight.
The prosecution has said the motive for the killing was relationship-based, but there was no indication of sexual assault. Two 18-year-old suspects have confessed to the murder. Police have arrested five suspects, but has ordered the release of a 16-year-old girl. A fifth suspect, reportedly a 15-year-old girlfriend of Maja, was remanded into custody.
Maja was born in Bosnia-Herzogowina in former Yugoslavia and immigrated with her parents to Holland around 1995.