A man who allegedly murdered his estranged wife by shooting her in the crotch with a hunting rifle has been arrested.
In a tragic series of photos, Filiz Girgin, 22, is seen posing with her husband, who has been identified by the authorities as Levent Girgin, 30, on a sunny afternoon in Turkey.
In one of the pictures, Filiz smiles for the camera along with a toddler who appears to be one of the couple’s two small children.
In another picture, Levent Girgin holds his child proudly as he stares into the lens.
This was before an argument broke out between the pair over a post on Filiz’s social media page that would result in the 30-year-old man shooting his wife in the genital area with a hunting rifle before leaving her to bleed out and fleeing the scene.
According to national media reports, this happened on Wednesday morning, 17th August in the town of Didim in Aydin, Turkey.
Town residents heard the gunshots and called emergency services who were quick to arrive at the scene and administer first aid to the young woman before taking her to hospital.
Local authorities proceeded to catch and apprehend Levent Girgin who attempted to escape and was later sent to a courthouse before going to prison, although it is unclear what charges were made.
Filiz Girgin reportedly died in the hospital where she was being treated after all efforts were made to save her life.
Femicide statistics in Turkey have consistently risen since the country officially quit the Istanbul Convention in July last year.
According to the 2021 Annual Data Report by the platform, ‘We Will Stop Femicide’, 280 women were killed by men in 2021, while a further 217 women were found dead under suspicious circumstances.
This is in addition to statistics extracted from the Monument Counter, a virtual database that is updated daily and exists to preserve the memories of women who have been killed due to gender violence that states that 255 femicides have taken place in Turkey so far this year.