On Monday, November 24, the first reports appeared in the Hungarian media about the murder of a fourteen-year-old girl named Nóra in the village of Kiskunlacháza in Pest County. The body was found in a wooded area on Sunday night. Slowly more information came to light. First about the possibility of rape prior to the murder. Then a day later papers reported that the girl attended school in Szigetszentmiklós where by November 25 they raised a black flag at the István Kardos General Middle School (Általános Középiskola). Nóra had a home page on which she claimed that "Dance is My Life." Perhaps dance was also responsible for her death. As it turned out she went to the village's cultural center for a musical night and left at 2:30 in the morning. Apparently her friends offered to escort her home but she refused. The family, it seems, is well respected in the village. Her mother is a teacher in the town's elementary school. How a fourteen-year-old was allowed to stay out until 2:30 in the morning is a question most likely asked only by fuddy-duddies. (Interestingly the town has now introduced a curfew for under-aged children.) In any case, Magyar Nemzet was the first paper to mention "fear" in the village. The village doesn't have a police force, just a thirty-five-member civil unarmed guard whose members are supposed to keep a watchful eye on comings and goings after dark. But as the chief of the civil guard force admitted, perhaps they had gone home by then.
By November 25 ATV was reporting the details of the "blood-curdling murder." Whoever committed the murder first raped the girl and then put a plastic bag over her head and strangled her. She was found naked. ATV seemed to know that she was attacked about 300 meters from the cultural center. Two days later the media knew that DNA samples had been taken at the crime scene and that the police were in hot pursuit of the murderer but that no one had yet been accused. Rumors started to fly. According to one of these rumors a whole gang of young men attacked Nóra and one of them was ready to go to the police but the other members knifed him. According to another version, the murderer committed suicide. The police said that no one was reported to be hurt and they knew of no suicide.
For days there was not even a whisper in the media that a Gypsy might be the murderer. After all, the police were still investigating and had no suspect in custody. Yet something had to be brewing in and around Kiskunlacháza. A demonstration was planned for Friday, November 28, against "violence." So far so good. But with both the Goy Bikers and the Hungarian Guard participating, the demonstration was obviously not against violence in general but against Gypsy violence. And indeed József Répás, the mayor (independent) of the village, made no secret of the village's firm belief that the murderer is one of the village's Gypsies. He announced that they "had enough of roma violence." I couldn't find out what percentage of the village's inhabitants is of Gypsy origin. I do know that they all left town before the demonstration, which turned out to be peaceful. Mind you, a large police force checked all the demonstrators: they took away a few knives and "vipers" (some lethal weapon used by fellows of less than good intentions).
The mainstream media reported 3,000 demonstrators, Magyar Nemzet, Echo TV 6,000. Take your pick. There were a lot of them considering that the village has a population of 9,000. One hopes for the Gypsies' sake that the murderer is not one of their own.