Turkey: Erdogan's daughters visit family of slain young woman

Sumeyye Erdogan and Esra Albayrak express their condolences to Ozgecan Aslan's family during visit.

Turkey: Erdogan's daughters visit family of slain young woman

MERSIN, Turkey

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s two daughters paid a visit Sunday to the family of the young woman who was brutally murdered on Friday to express their condolences.

Ozgecan Aslan, 20, was killed and burned after reportedly resisting sexual assault in Mersin's Tarsus district. She had been reported missing by her family on Wednesday.

The president’s daughters Sumeyye Erdogan and Esra Albayrak, accompanied by Sare Aydin Yilmaz, president of the Women and Democracy Association, expressed their sorrow over the incident.

“May God give you patience,” Esra Albayrak told Aslan's mother. 

“We will always stand by you,” Sumeyye said.

 “It is a very terrible situation," Sumeyye Erdogan said following the visit. "We’ve come here in order to be able to share their sorrow. Our actual aim is for those murderers to be punished in an effective way."

President Erdogan and his wife Emine phoned Aslan's family on Saturday, expressed their condolences and condemned the murder.

Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also phoned the family and said that “everything will be done to appropriately punish the murderers in this vicious attack."

Hundreds of women gathered in Istanbul on Saturday to protest the cruel murder of the female university student, shouting, "We will put an end to female homicides."

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with Aslan’s murder. Her funeral was held on Saturday and her coffin was carried by women.

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