Death of Alexandra Mezher
The death of Alexandra Mezher occurred on 25 January 2016. Mezher, a 22-year-old worker at the center, was allegedly stabbed by a male asylum seeker at a refuge for unaccompanied minors in Mölndal, Sweden. The attacker was initially identified as a 15-year-old male from Somalia, but he was later determined to be at least 18 years old.
More than 160,000 applications for asylum were accepted in Sweden in 2015; that total included 35,400 unaccompanied minor refugees. The attack occurred in the midst of growing concern about asylum seekers and crime; national attention was riveted on the issue by several incidents, including the fatal stabbings of two shoppers in an IKEA store in August 2015, and the sexual assaults of teenage girls at music festivals in 2014 and 2015. Documented violent incidents and threats at asylum centers in Sweden rose from 148 in 2014 to 322 in 2015. According to official statistics gathered involving recently arrived asylum seekers, police had been called out to hundreds of assaults, fights, violent threats, and fires, as well as two bomb threats, nine robberies, and four rapes.[clarification needed]
The attack came shortly after National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson requested 4,100 new staff and police officers to cover the increased demand for security at asylum centers, to carry out deportations, and to protect the country against terrorism.
Mezher, the sole staff member present in the center at the time of the attack, was stabbed at the center and was later taken to a hospital with life-threatening injuries. The injuries proved fatal. Two fellow residents in the center, which housed eleven youths, helped overpower the attacker.
Police refrained from releasing information about the attacker's identity for about three days, after which they stated that he had identified himself on arrival in Sweden as Youssaf Khaliif Nuur, a 15-year-old from Somalia. On 11 February, the Swedish newspaper Göteborgs-Posten reported that the Swedish Migration Agency, in their decision to deny his application for residency, determined that the attacker was 18 or older. According to the prosecutor in the stabbing case, medical examinations indicated that he was an adult. A psychiatric evaluation by the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine determined that the attacker likely suffered from a psychological disorder and recommended a more thorough evaluation before the trial.
The asylum center where the attack took place is located near Gothenburg and housed minors between the ages of 14 and 17 who arrived in Sweden as asylum seekers without adult guardians. The center is owned and operated by HVB Living Nordic, which runs four HVB-hem ("Homes for Care or Living"), of which the Mölndal center is one.
Thomas Westin, station chief with the Stockholm City Police, called the killing "a high-profile crime."
The victim, 22-year-old Alexandra Mezher, worked at the center in the months prior to the attack out of a desire to "do good", according to one of her cousins. She planned to go on to graduate work in social studies. She was raised in a Lebanese Christian family; her father arrived in Sweden in 1989, followed by her mother three years later.
Sweden's Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, rushed to the scene of the attack. He later told Radio Sweden that he "believe[s] that there are quite many people in Sweden who feel a lot of concern that there can be more cases of this kind when Sweden receives so many children and youth who come alone [to seek asylum]." The day after the stabbing, an editorial in Expressen called for the expulsion of migrants who committed crimes. The attack raised concerns about overcrowded conditions in Sweden's asylum centers, the possibility of adult migrants taking advantage of Swedish law to fraudulently register as minors and it increased distrust against newly arrived immigrants and the security threat they posed.
In May 2016 the attacker was charged with murder of Mezher and the attempted murder of another resident at the asylum center. According to the charge sheet Mezher was stabbed three times before she fled to another room, with one of the wounds severing blood vessels in her thigh causing severe blood loss. The attacker was suicidal at the time and reportedly said he had tried to kill himself at the time of the attack. 
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