The Franco-American citizen was accused on Sunday of aggravated murder after confessing to police that he stabbed his wife twice, telling the investigating judge he was in self-defense, the prosecutor told AFP Marie-Agnès Jolie.
The couple – who spent a few weeks each year in Peyriac-de-Mer, on the Mediterranean, south of Narbonne – had planned to leave Friday for their home in Jakarta, Indonesia, where Bardina-Kruger worked as a teacher, the news reported output.
“The victim’s father sounded the alarm after his daughter failed to show up for a family reunion in Carcassonne,” an investigator said, according to the Mirror.
“She had to say goodbye to everyone before the couple returned to Jakarta,” the source said.
“Instead, the police were instructed to search for the victim and they found his body in a gutter on a road near the house.
After the discovery of Bardina-Kruger’s body, the police launched a search for her husband, who was arrested in the departure area of Toulouse airport.
On Sunday, a bouquet of white roses was placed at the top of the drain where her remains were found. The police found his luggage in their apartment.
Bardina-Kruger’s brother expressed the family’s shock in a Facebook post.
“I have no words to describe what we are all feeling right now,” wrote Pierre Bardina, thanking people for their support after the brutal murder of his sister, including “the kindness, the energy, the charisma solar, the will and the love that she carried to her son Maximus. ”
He added: “We do not yet know all the facts, but we have never had a wake-up call from Laure, about violent acts against her by her husband. We always believe that it can only happen to others, but violence against women can happen at the same time.
Bardina, CEO of Nino Robotics, described her sister as “an exceptional person” whose “life has been a succession of adventures around the world”.
Helen He, a former colleague of the murdered woman, also shared her grief online.
“I am absolutely devastated and heartbroken to learn the news of the tragic death of my wonderful friend and former colleague Laure Bardina-Kruger,” He, a Mandarin professor at Shanghai Community International School, wrote on Facebook.
“She was such a bright, kind and beautiful person inside and out. I have 4 years of sweet memories working with her and laughing with her. When she left SCIS, we both promised to visit each other regularly after our retirement, ”she continued.
“I am saddened that this promise will never come true now that it has been taken away from us so suddenly. However, I am grateful that we were able to make up for it over a year ago at a workshop in Singapore. She will be missed forever by many of us. Rest in peace, Laure!
Bardina-Kruger and her husband were last seen at a restaurant in Peyriac-de-Mer on Thursday evening, hours before her assassination, the Mirror reported.
Bardina-Kruger, who taught at the Jakarta Intercultural School, had held teaching positions in Shanghai, Cairo and Hawaii, according to the outlet.
The newspaper La Dépêche du Midi reports that Kruger also worked as an instructor in Indonesia. His ties to Brooklyn were unclear.
“They have never been a strong word between them. When they came to sit with us, they could have dinner, sip two or three drinks, but never more, ”a friend of the couple told local media, the Mirror reported.