Suspect detained over murder of Fenerbahçe fan
Istanbul Police Chief Hüseyin Çapkın says the suspect's only motive behind the murder seems to be the football rivalry. AA photo
One male suspect, who has been the focus of an ongoing police search over connections to the murder of 19 year-old Fenerbahçe fan Burak Yıldırım, was found and detained at a side road facility in Kırşehir, according to Doğan News Agency.
Y.O has been identified through investigation following the murder, which took place as Burak was heading home from the metrobus station after the derby match between Galatarsaray and Fenerbahçe, and was caught while he was attempting to flee Istanbul and reach his hometown Bingöl in eastern Turkey.
Officers are now bringing Y.O. back to Istanbul.
Istanbul Police Chief Hüseyin Çapkın told reporters that the suspect’s uncle gave the police officers a bloody jersey, which was allegedly worn by the 20-year-old during the assault. “The suspect has three prior convictions, and he did not know the victim,” Çapkın said according to the Doğan News Agency. “His only motive behind the murder seems to be the football rivalry, which is really sad,” he added.