Sister of woman killed by cop boyfriend speaks of grief

The sister of a woman who was shot dead in Vienna by her police officer boyfriend earlier this month has posted a moving message on Facebook, speaking of her grief and shock.

Sister of woman killed by cop boyfriend speaks of grief
Daniel and Claudia. Photo: Private

Daniel L. (23) confessed to killing 25-year-old Claudia K., who was pregnant, as well as their toddler son on October 2nd. He shot her with his service pistol, which he was not supposed to keep at home, and then strangled their little boy.

Claudia’s grieving sister Cornelia wrote: “Nothing in this world can explain or excuse this act.” She thanked friends and acquaintances for not having believed that “Claudia, Noah and the baby-bump disappeared of their own accord without saying anything”.

Daniel L., who began working with the Vienna state police department in January, reported his girlfriend and son as missing last week. He told police that she had left the apartment together with their toddler, taking a bag of the boy's clothes with her, and that he had not seen her since. In reality, he put their bodies in the trunk of his car and drove to his parents’ home in Styria, burying the bodies in nearby meadow land.

Cornelia wrote that her sister was a loving mother who had done everything for her son Noah, and that her family would never forget how happy the little boy had been. She added that Daniel had been the love of Claudia’s life, that she had always supported him and that the couple planned to move to a larger apartment when their second son was born.

Daniel L. told detectives that Claudia had beaten him and imprisoned him in their apartment. He said that he had wanted to end the relationship, and that during a fight he shot her.

Cornelia said that Daniel had been taken into their family, who treated him like “a son and a brother… we thought that Claudia and Noah were in good hands with him, he was a policeman, someone who we could trust. You cannot imagine the hole he has created in our hearts.”

Daniel L. is in pretrial custody in Vienna’s Josefstadt prison.



EXPLAINED: What to do if you experience online abuse in Austria

Following the suicide of an Austrian doctor who received threats from Covid-19 anti-vaccination activists, the government has now launched a new campaign to help victims of online abuse.

EXPLAINED: What to do if you experience online abuse in Austria

The Austrian medical community was left in shock in July when Lisa-Maria Kellermayr, a local doctor in Seewalchen am Attersee in Upper Austria, took her own life following months of online abuse.

Kellermayr, 36, had been targeted by anti-vaccination activists and Covid-19 conspiracy theorists for her out-spoken support of vaccines, and the abuse even included death threats. 

Her death prompted candlelight vigils and demonstrations in Vienna and the tragic story was picked up by news outlets around the world.

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This led to calls for tighter laws against online bullying and the ability for perpetrators to be prosecuted in other EU countries – particularly as at least two of the people who are believed to have targeted Kellermayr are based in Germany, according to the Guardian.

The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) has even called for the creation of a special public prosecutor’s office to deal with “hate-on-the-net”, but this has been rejected by prosecutors and other political parties, as reported by ORF.

Instead, the Federal Justice Department has launched a new information campaign, website and hotline to help people dealing with online abuse.

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What is in the new campaign?

Austria’s Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens) said they have launched the campaign to raise awareness about the issue and to inform victims about the support available.

Zadic said: “It is important to me that those affected know that they are not alone in this situation and that the judiciary supports them with free psychological and legal process support.”

“You don’t have to cope alone with the extraordinary burdens that criminal proceedings can entail, for example through confrontation with the perpetrators.”

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Part of the support package is the new website Hilfe bei Gewalt (Help with Violence), which details how to access help from the authorities, as well as secure free legal advice and representation from a lawyer.

The website states the service is for victims of bullying and/or hate online, defamation, stalking, terrorism, incitement, sexual violence and robbery.

The service is designed to be anonymous with options to contact the Justice Department by phone or via a chat box. The website also lists contact details for regional support services in all provinces across Austria. 

The free (kostenlos) hotline for Hilfe bei Gewalt is 0800 112 112.

Useful links

Hilfe bei Gewalt

Austrian Federal Justice Department