Schoolgirl, 12, stabbed with a nail file by two classmates who were leading her into the woods as the motive remains a mystery

SHOCKING new details have surfaced in the twisted story of two schoolgirls accused of killing their 12-year-old classmate.

Police have revealed the young girl – only identified as Luise – was stabbed 32 times with a nail file before being pronounced dead in the woods near the town of Freudenberg, Germany.

A picture of the 12-year-old victim Luise, whose body was found in the forest on March 12Credit: Handout
A makeshift memorial near where the victim’s body was foundPhoto credit: Newsflash

It’s the latest news in the grisly case that has shocked the country and a definitive motive has yet to be revealed.

The victim – known only as Luise due to Germany’s strict data protection laws – was reported missing on the afternoon of March 11 after she failed to return home after visiting one of the suspects.

Her body was then tragically discovered the following day, March 12, after police launched a major search using drones, sniffer dogs and a helicopter.

Two girls, aged 12 and 13, admitted to the murder after the gruesome discovery.

The victim’s body had been dumped near a bike path in a wooded area near her home, which is 80km east of Cologne.

Both suspects were known to Luise and reportedly attended the same school, while the 13-year-old was said to be in the same class and rode the bus with the victim every day.

The Koblenz public prosecutor Mario Mannweiler said shortly after her confession at a press conference: “Of course, this is a very unusual and shocking act, also for us.”

After searching the woods for the murder weapon, police have now revealed she was stabbed 32 times with a nail file before being thrown down a steep embankment and left to die in freezing temperatures.

Other gruesome details emerged, including Luise’s killers putting a plastic bag over her head when one said: “Hit her with a rock or she would be lying next to her,” the Mail reported.

In a shocking twist, the couple were placed in the care of a youth welfare office instead of being dragged to a cell.

The age of criminal responsibility in Germany is 14, which puts the two girls under the age limit.

Her heartbroken parents paid tribute to their daughter in their local newspaper.

“There are no words to comprehend the unimaginable. For us, the world stands still,” they said.

“You can’t see grief, you can’t hear it, you can only feel it.”

On Saturday, a steady stream of friends, family and locals went to a makeshift shrine to Luise, and tributes poured in, including from her grieving classmates.

The police searched the forest near the site with metal detectors and dogsPhoto credit: Reuters
The disused railway tunnel into which Luise was allegedly led by her killersPhoto credit: Newsflash


Luise reportedly visited the 13-year-old suspect’s home on Saturday before she went missing.

The two girls are believed to have lured Luise to her death through a disused railway tunnel near the forest where her body was found.

The younger girl then joined the two and the trio were spotted by neighbors walking into the woods nearby.

It is alleged that the 12-year-old was coerced into taking part in the killing by her older alleged accomplice.

Police revealed that Luise died from blood loss caused by her numerous wounds, which we now know were inflicted by a nail file.

The 13-year-old girl is said to have called Luise’s parents and spun them a web of lies claiming that their daughter was on her way home.

She allegedly called the slain schoolgirl’s phone several times because she was “concerned” – despite letting Luise die in the freezing cold forest.

The day after the murder, the two suspects reportedly filmed a disgusting clip of them dancing for TikTok.

Police said the two girls began making conflicting statements under questioning before both confessed on March 13.

The parents of the accused child killers were reportedly taken away for their safety but remain in touch with their daughters.

The motives of the killers are still unclear.

According to one report, the girls were seeking “revenge” after Luise revealed to the school that she had been bullied by the duo for months, according to German newspaper Bild.

But there are also claims that Luise may have been killed over a dispute over a boy, the Mail reports.

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Freudenberg is located, has been rocked by the news of the killing, and the governor said the state was “sad”.

“It is incomprehensible and unbearable that children are capable of such terrible acts,” said Governor Hendrik Wüst.

Jürgen Süs, deputy chairman of the Koblenz police department, said: “After more than 40 years in the profession, you still get cases that take your breath away.”

Germany “mourns” the terrible crimePhoto credit: Newsflash


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