Between 1,500 and 3,000 people attended a vigil along the Albert Canal in Antwerp on Wednesday evening to pay tribute to Julie Van Espen. The organizers of the vigil asked people to bring a white rose and a torch or candle, and attendees honoured the victim through songs and music throughout the evening.
Those present wanted to show their support to the victim's relatives, but also to denounce the weaknesses of the judicial system, according to local media. Political representatives and firefighters were also in attendance.
At the time of the incident, the suspect, who confessed to killing the young woman, was on parole pending an appeal decision. At first instance, he had been convicted of rape.
The body of Julie van Espen, who had been missing since Saturday, was found Monday in the canal in Antwerp.
A silent march is also planned for Sunday. This aims to protest against sexual violence and demand stricter treatment of this type of crime.The Brussels Times