A memorial garden in tribute to the victims of Marc Dutroux was inaugurated on Tuesday in Charleroi, Belgium, at the site of the house where the latter kidnapped several girls and adolescents
Belgium inaugurated this Tuesday a tribute garden to the victims of the murderer Marc Dutroux. Kidnapper and pedophile, Dutroux kidnapped and raped six girls between the ages of 8 and 19 in the 1990s, and murdered four of them. The bodies of two of the victims, Mélissa Russo and Julie Lejeune, were found in the house in Charleroi where the monument now stands.
“I think it’s part of the history of Belgium. I’m not saying it because it’s my daughter, I’m saying it because it’s true. When people go out into the streets, it’s historic and strange,” explains Gino Russo, father of Mélissa, a victim of Dutroux
The house was demolished in 2022, with the intention of building the memorial. Its central element is the image of a girl holding a kite. It is called “Between Earth and Heaven” and was commissioned by the parents of Dutroux’s victims from the Charleroi architect Georgios Maïllis.
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