A father allegedly drugged and killed his two little daughters, put their bodies in duffel bags and dumped their bodies at sea, all to upset their mother for finding a new boyfriend.
Now, days after the remains of the eldest child were found off the Canary Islands, her devastated mother is speaking out, saying she hopes the deaths will not be in vain and lead to more protections for the children.
“These are now two angels … who give a great lesson at the cost of their lives,” wrote Beatriz Zimmermann in an open letter, according to The newspaper.
His ex-partner, Tomás Gimeno, disappeared with Olivia, 6, and Anna, 1, on April 27, leaving behind the message that Zimmermann would never see them alive again.
Last week it became clear the message was not an empty threat when search teams found Olivia in a bag and a second empty bag, weighted down by an anchor, thousands of feet below the surface of the sea. water off Tenerife.
The discovery sparked public outrage from all walks of life in Spanish society.
“I don’t think there is anyone this morning who doesn’t try to put themselves in the shoes of the people who love these murdered girls,” Queen Letizia said on Friday.
Spain’s Equality Minister Irene Montero tweeted her condolences with the hashtag #Nomasviolenciavicaria, a reference to abusers who harm children to make their parents suffer.
It is not known what happened to Gimeno, whose boat was found adrift off the coast of Tenerife. On Friday, a judge issued a new international arrest warrant against him, declaring that the crime was no longer kidnapping but homicide and that Gimeno’s intention was to kill them “in a planned and premeditated manner to cause her ex-partner an inhuman pain ”.
In his anguished letter, Zimmerman thanked the audience for their support, lambasted “the most monstrous act a person can do” and said she wished she had died with them.
“But that couldn’t be because Tomás wanted me to suffer by seeking them without rest,” she wrote. “That’s the reason he left me alive. “