Marwa Ali El-Sherbini was attacked and killed in a courtroom in Germany by the man she was testifying against.Â In August of 2008, Alex W, a Russian-German man made racial comments to El-Sherbini in a public playground in Dresden, after a quarrel by her son and his niece over the use of a swing. Â El-Sherbini was wearing an Islamic headscarf, and he called her Islamist, terrorist and slut witnesses said. Â People at the playground attempted to intervene, but her continued to verbally abuse her until the police arrived.Â Â
In July 2009, at a hearing against Alex W, no security personnel were present, and eight witnesses showed up.Â After El-Sherbini testified, Alex W. walked across the courtroom and attacked her with a knife. Â El-Sherbini was three months pregnant and he stabbed her several times, both she and the baby died at the scene.Â
Marwa Ali El-Sherbini, 31 was an Egyptian pharmacist and the mother of a young boy. Â Her murder resonated around the world.