The Stureby murder occurred on June 6, 2009 when 15 year-old Therese Johansson Rojo (born June 17, 1993) was murdered in Stureby, located outside of Stockholm, Sweden by two schoolmates. The two 16 year-olds, who eventually admitted to murdering Johansson Rojo, were arrested the following day.
Events of June 6, 2009
On the evening of June 6, the boy took Therese out into the woods during a party to celebrate that school was almost over and that prom was coming up. He hit her in the back with a tree branch and then strangled her to death. The boy and the girl who were charged with the murder were a couple and Therese Johansson Rojo had kissed the boy during a party in May 2009.The murderer was encouraged by his girlfriend through texting and chatroom contact to commit the murder to prove his love and get his girlfriend.
Because of their young age, the two teenagers received twenty months imprisonment apiece in a special care home. The girl has appealed her sentence, delaying the implementation of her sentence until the appeal is condered by the court. Both of the teenagers will be released during the summer of 2011 under the current sentence, and both of their sentences has been appealed by the prosecution.
The sentences have received a great deal of criticism from both the Swedish media and from the population at large, and calls have been made to change the law as it is applied to young offenders in Sweden, because the maximum sentence for a young offender is four years in custody.
The newspaper Aftonbladet initiated a campaign called "Glöm inte Therese" on June 12, 2009, which gives money to the help organisation BRIS. Murder victim Riccardo Campogianis parents also supported the campaign.
The Therese Johansson Rojo murder became the most noted murder in Sweden during 2009.
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