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Murder investigation into Vienna skater's 'suicide'

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Vlad S. skating in Karlsplatz. Screenshot: YouTube
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Questions are being raised about the death of a 19-year-old skateboarding star from Vienna, whose body was found on train tracks in Hungary this summer.

Vlad S. was found dead in Hungary on August 10th. He appeared to have been hit by a train and his lifeless body was found on the tracks. He had been attending a music festival at Lake Balaton. Hungarian police said his death was a suicide and closed the case.

However, family and friends said he was very happy and knew of no reason why he would kill himself. His mother, who’s from Ukraine and migrated to Austria with Vlad when he was a small child, is certain that it wasn’t a suicide but said that the Hungarian authorities were not willing to reopen the case.

However, with the help of a private investigator and the authorities in Vienna she managed to get another autopsy. The results showed that Vlad was probably given some form of tranquilizer and was also beaten up. It’s likely that his attacker then put his body on the train tracks. The Vienna public prosecutor is now investigating whether he was murdered.

Vlad was a rising star in the world of skateboarding and made money by posting his skate videos on YouTube.

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