Next week, it will be a month since the brutal killing in the Jēkabpils municipality, where a woman was killed in front of her mother and child after years of stalking. The murder suspect, 53-year-old Leons Rusiņš, has still not been found, and the residents of the area feel uncomfortable, Latvian Television reported on May 13.
An appalling recent murder in Jēkabpils has brought the issues of stalking and the homicides of women into sharp focus in Latvia. Figures published by Eurostat May 11 underline the scale of Latvia's problem.
In connection with the murder case in Jēkabpils, the chief of the State Police's Austrumzemgale Station (former Jēkabpils precinct), Rolands Bērziņš, will lose his job, Latvian Television and LETA were informed by the State Police on April 28.
The State Police (VP), investigating the murder of a woman in Jēkabpils on April 16, are continuing their search for suspect Leons Rusiņš and ask for the help of the public by sending materials of interest to the investigation to the police, VP said in a release on April 25.
On Tuesday, more than 100 people gathered outside the Cabinet of Ministers to demand action on the negligence of the responsible authorities in the murder of a woman in Jēkabpils, as well as responsibility for the reluctance of politicians to ratify the Istanbul Convention, Latvian Television reported.
The tragic case in Jēkabpils, where a woman was murdered after the suspect Leons Rusiņš had stalked her and her co-workers for over a year, has prompted discussion on whether the responsible services were doing enough. Latvian Television's De Facto, aired April 23, found that the victim herself had given up on the police according to social media entries.
The continued harassment and eventual murder of a woman in Jēkabpils raised discussion over whether the police did all they could to prevent the tragedy. Chief of State Police Armands Ruks said in an interview with Latvian Radio on April 21 that it is unfair to put all the blame on the police and that prosecutor and court should also be looked at.
Firefighters of the State Fire and Rescue Service (VUGD) are repeating appeals to the public not to risk their lives and property by buring off last year's dry grass – though the appeals seem to do little to prevent so-called 'kūla' fires appearing with remarkable regularity in the same places every year.