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Belgium In Shock After Mayor Was Found Dead In A Cemetery With His Throat Slit

City mayor, Alfred Gadenne has been found dead with his throat cut open in a cemetery in Belgium.

His death comes as a shock to the country with the prime minister expressing ‘horror’ at the death of the lawmaker. His wife found the 71-year-old’s body in the graveyard close to his home.

Citing the public prosecutor, Belgian media said Alfred Gadenne, 71, the conservative mayor of Mouscron, an industrial town of 57,000 just across the border from the northern French city of Lille, was found dead in a graveyard close to his home where he acted as caretaker and locked the gates each night.

Local news service SudInfo said a suspect had handed himself in to police and that the motive was unclear.

Reacting to the incident, Prime Minister Charles Michel said ‘I have learned with horror of the brutal death of Alfred Gadenne. All my thoughts are with his family and friends.’

Philippe Courard, president of the parliament for Belgium’s French-speaking south, tweeted: ‘Terrifying. What kind of world are we living in?’

Among the many others offering condolences was Martine Aubry, the former French Socialist party leader and long-time mayor of metropolitan Lille