The neighbor said that he was angry at the family because of the noise of repair work in their home.
Trigger warning: Contains descriptions of murder that might be distressing.
As parents, we sometimes lean on the people living in our community for support. However, there is no way of knowing who is going to hurt our family. One father, who left home for work, didn't anticipate how tragic his day was going to turn.
A 9-year-old girl, Felicia Kononchuk, who was at her home in Chita city, Russia was attacked by a neighbor, 33-year-old Vasily Dunets, when she went to open the door to her home. The girl was terrified of the "neighbor from hell" who was terrorizing her by repeatedly banging on the front door, as per the Sun UK. When Felicia's father went out, Vasily kept bothering her and her younger brother for an hour.
The girl had shared a video on TikTok only 15 minutes before her death. "Something bad is going on here," she said. "We have a neighbor here, drunk, knocking on our door, breaking it. Shouting obscene words. I'm just scared... He is totally... I'm scared… My dad went to the shop. I don’t know what to do, he will just break our door now and that's it. I'm very scared, my heart is beating… He’s been knocking for about an hour. It’s tough... My youngest brother just hid …" she said in the video, it was reported.
She told her friends about what was happening and soon Vasily gave up - or so she assumed. After her father returned home, she heard a soft knock on the door and went to open it assuming it's her friend. However, it turned out to be Vasily who just started firing from his 12 caliber hunting rifle.
The girl’s father, Fyodor, ran into the corridor and saw his daughter covered in blood, according to Euro Weekly News. She croaked, "Dad, I’ve been killed!" The devastated father took his daughter in his arms and shouted to his son and workers, who were renovating the house, to call an ambulance.
"My daughter died in my arms. When the ambulance arrived, I carried her to them but the doctors said that she had no chance to survive," said the father.
Fyodor, 44, posted a video before the funeral and showed the body of his daughter in her open coffin. He also shared a video from the graveside with her brother, who is only four. "My daughter’s body is in the soil and her soul is in heaven," he said, according to the Sun UK. The girl's mother, Alena, 35, said that her daughter had been "so cheerful and bright" and she never held on to a grudge. She also added that they used to have a good relationship with their neighbor.
The 33-year-old man confessed to killing the little girl and was arrested. He said that he was angry at the family because of the noise from the repair works at their flat. The case is being investigated by Russia’s top criminal investigator, Alexander Bastrykin, who heads the Russian Investigative Committee.
If Vasily gets convicted, he could face a life sentence in prison. The 33-year-old had accused Fyodor of kicking him during their dispute. However, the 44-year-old father denied it and said that he told the man to go to sleep since he didn't want to speak to a "drunk" man.
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