Elderly Armenian Couple in Istanbul Fall Victim to Deadly Hate Crime

79-year-old Seta Demirci is being escorted to an ambulance after being found bound and gagged in her apartment in Istanbul
79-year-old Seta Demirci is being escorted to an ambulance after being found bound and gagged in her apartment in Istanbul

79-year-old Seta Demirci is being escorted to an ambulance after being found bound and gagged in her apartment in Istanbul

An elderly Armenian couple in Istanbul were victims of a home invasion robbery, but the manner in which they were found indicates that they were targeted because they were Armenian.

Seta Demirci, 79, and her husband Hagop, 85, were discovered in their apartment gagged and tied with hogtie, an act usually “reserved for infidels,” as Armenians are often referred to in Turkey. Hagop Demirci was pronounced dead due to strangulation, while Seta Demirci was rushed to the hospital, according to a report by the T24 news site, which covered the incident in Turkish.

The site reported that the couple’s housekeeper, knocking on the door and not receiving a response, alerted their nephew, who lives nearby, and who opened the apartment door to find the two bound and gagged and their valuables stolen. The couple’s apartment is located near Gezi Park in Istanbul.

According to Agos Newspaper, Seta Demirci was discharged from the hospital on February 7 after being slightly injured. The suspects have still not been apprehended.

Elderly Armenians have been a target of violence in Istanbul and the surrounding suburbs recently.

Authors

Discussion Policy

Comments are welcomed and encouraged. Though you are fully responsible for the content you post, comments that include profanity, personal attacks or other inappropriate material will not be permitted. Asbarez reserves the right to block users who violate any of our posting standards and policies.

4 Comments

  1. Mkhitar Yepremyan said:

    The Turk remains the same Turk and thanks to the Western Support of these barbarian Genocidal animals.

  2. Ovsanna Kadian said:

    A nation who breeds disrespectful generations, especially for those who do not know the value of elders, who during their lifetime have contributed to the nation in as many ways, is DOOMED. Sadly, this is Not the first time this kind of tragedy has struck the law abiding elders.

  3. Bedig Tersakian said:

    I am really shocked…..few days back the Istanbul police announced that the murderers are 8 citizens of Armenia and that when arrested they had a large amount of cash with them and planning to fly to Baku!!!!!
    What is this??? Where is the truth??? Shishli is a known Armenian area, how did this happen? Where is the truth????

*

Top