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A crowd of around 100 people gathered on Friday morning at the Independence Monument in Maha Bandula Park in Rangoon to pay their respects to the two Kachin schoolteachers who were brutally murdered in a church compound in Muse, northern Shan State, in the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Mourners included activists from the Women’s League for Burma (WLB) and the Women’s Organizations Network of Myanmar (WONM). Wreaths were laid at the foot of Independence Monument.
Mar Mar Cho, a coordinator of the WONM, said: “We are here to commemorate the death of the girls who were raped and murdered in Muse. We call on the government to immediately investigate the case, to find out the truth, and bring the perpetrators to justice.”
There has been an outpouring of anger and sadness after the mutilated bodies of Maran Lu Ra and Tangbau Khawn Nan Tsin, aged 20 and 21 respectively, were found in their accommodation in the compound of the Kachin Baptist Convention, where they worked.
“The teachers were really loved by the village. All the people loved them,” Tin Tin Nyo from WLB told DVB on Thursday evening.
Aid group Free Burma Rangers called the deaths “tragic”, and said that they worked for the KBC “as volunteer missionaries to teach about God’s love to the people in northern Burma”.
In a statement on Thursday, the US Embassy in Rangoon also commented on the work of the young women, saying, “Our hearts go out to the families of the two women, the Kachin Baptist Convention for which they worked, and all who knew them and benefited from their service.”
The funeral for the two women is simultaneously taking place in Myitkina on Friday.