Authorities fear a serial killer may be on the loose in Barcelona after four homeless people were recently found beaten to death on the streets of the city, streets which have now been left deserted due to the Coronavirus lockdown.
As The Mirror reports:
The victims – all homeless and sleeping on the streets – were battered to death in the Spanish city’s Eixample district in just over a month.
The latest victim, a 30-year-old man, was reportedly found bludgeoned with a hammer or bar less than 200 metres from Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia basilica on Monday night.
Police feared the suspected serial killer would strike again and teams of officers were already looking for him when a horrified witness called an emergency line and said: “A man is being beaten to death.”
Most of the killings occurred as Spain had one of the strictest lockdowns in Europe during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 23,800 people in the country as of Tuesday.
A suspect in Monday night’s killing has been detained, a 35-year old national of Brazil who had reportedly been living in a nearby forest caravan encampment.