A well respected 33-year-old local man was stabbed and killed last Thursday morning as he left his apartment near Placa Sant Just in the centre of Barcelona city.
At 23:11hrs on Wednesday night the victim had posted a video on his Facebook about the beauty of snow. Seven hours later he was dead.
The motive for his murder is still unclear, but it’s believed that it involved the robbery of a bicycle. It’s presumed he tried to intervene to stop the theft, and died as a result of his actions.
It’s common in Barcelona that robbers will use scare-tactics to stop people involving themselves in local policing. A local woman recently told Robbed in Barcelona how a thief on the metro hit her full force on her jaw with his elbow because she tried to stop him snatching a bag. A football fan commented on our blog recently how he pursued a robber who had stolen his wallet down Las Ramblas and into a side street, only to find that a car-full of the robbers acquaintances had followed him and threatened violence against him.
The victim of Thursday morning’s crime, Salvador Iborra was both a university lecturer and a poet – he had published three books of poetry – and he will be sorely missed by his family and friends.
Police have detailed two men of Moroccan nationality suspected of being involved in the incident.