Bonnevoie murder: neighbors testify

The murderer is ultimately not Portuguese. Neither did the owner of the building. And the intention was not to kill a single person. Here, according to witnesses, is the truth about the horrible crime of Bonnevoie.

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Tiago RODRIGUES

Tiago RODRIGUES

The murderer is ultimately not Portuguese. Neither did the owner of the building. And the intention was not to kill a single person. Here, according to witnesses, is the truth about the horrible crime of Bonnevoie.

First of all, it is necessary to establish the facts. “He [le tueur] is not Portuguese. He is Hispanic or at least has a Spanish name. He is not the owner, but a tenant. He had nothing personal against her [la victime]. He’s a psychopath, who wanted to kill everyone. The young man who was stabbed managed to escape and saved us all. It’s the truth.”



The Portuguese woman was 32 years old and originally from the district of Coimbra. Her 27-year-old boyfriend, who survived the stabbing, was also Portuguese. Just like their attacker, currently in pre-trial detention.


The story of the Bonnevoie crime which led to the death of a 32-year-old Portuguese woman born in the Grand Duchy has caused much ink to flow. According to different versions published in the Luxembourg and Portuguese media, the killer is the owner of the building, probably of Portuguese nationality, and the stabbed 27-year-old is the victim’s boyfriend. All of this was false.

This is revealed by the version told exclusively to Contact by neighbors who lived in the same house, on condition of anonymity.

It all happened on a Thursday, December 22, 2022. Around 8:30 a.m., one of the neighbors heard noises downstairs. “I was in my apartment, getting ready to go to work. I didn’t hear any screams, I thought it was a couple’s argument,” she recalls. But it wasn’t. The victim’s boyfriend had already left the apartment early to go to work.

There was no pattern. He wanted to kill everyone. He had nothing personal against this woman.

Neighbors of the residence

All the facts took place in a three-storey house. On the first floor lived a couple and their son. On the second floor, a room with three bedrooms and a kitchen, lived a Portuguese couple, a 27-year-old Syrian student and a 45-year-old man, the alleged killer. On the third, two other people.

It is not known exactly what happened between the 50-year-old and the victim that morning. What is known is that he killed her and the body was found “partially dismembered and mutilated” in her bedroom. But why? “There was no motive. He wanted to kill everyone. He had nothing personal against this woman. He started with her, but then he tried to kill the young man,” say the neighbors.

“Everything was premeditated”

The student, who lived in the room next to the suspect’s, did not notice his roommate’s death. He reportedly heard a noise and someone shouting “stop, stop”, but he too first thought it was a couple’s argument and went back to sleep. He didn’t get up again until around 11:30 a.m. He took his coffee and went back to his room to study. “Around 2:30 p.m. he was seated and the man opened the door. He had a large knife and a sharpener in his hands. There was no blood on his clothes or on the knife. He asked the young man ‘Are you okay?’ and quickly attacked him. He tried to kill him.”

The student received several blows on different parts of his body, but he fought back and managed to escape. He is still in hospital with serious injuries but in stable condition. “The most serious injuries were to his chest and hands when he grabbed the knife. He fought for his life”, relate the witnesses. The young man only learned the next day, at the hospital, that his roommate had been killed in the next room. No one was aware of the deadly attack.

He thought about how he was going to do it. He knew what he was going to do. This is something horrible, very serious. He’s a psychopath.

Neighbors of the residence

It was only during the argument between the student and the murderer that the other neighbors realized what was happening and one of them called the police. When police officers arrived approximately 20 minutes later, they found the young man next to the victim’s body. He reportedly told the police, “It’s good you’re here, otherwise he was going to kill everyone.”

“He wanted to kill us all. Everything was premeditated. He thought about how he was going to do it. He knew what he was going to do. This is something horrible, very serious. He’s a psychopath.”

Cook by profession

Little is known about this 45-year-old man. Neighbors think he is Hispanic, as he has a Spanish-sounding name, and say he was a cook. He had been living in this apartment for about a year and a half and must have been unemployed or on vacation that week. But they still struggle to describe the person. “Even though he is now in jail, we are still in shock. We’ve been scared. He wasn’t normal, he was a cold person. We barely spoke to him. But he got along well with his roommates at first sight. He never showed that he was an aggressive person.



After a man was stabbed on Thursday afternoon, the body of a woman was found in an apartment. The investigation is ongoing.


The suspect is in pre-trial detention at Sanem prison and is charged with murder, first degree murder and attempted murder. The victim’s boyfriend was working and only learned what had happened when he returned home in the afternoon.

After the crime, all the residents of the building were relocated to other apartments in the same neighborhood, but they have now received a notice from social assistance asking them to return to their old residence. What they don’t want.

This article was originally published on the website of Contact.

Translation: Megane Kambala

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Bonnevoie murder: neighbors testify