Belgian mayor found dead with throat slashed in cemetery

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The mayor of a city in Belgium was found dead with his throat slashed in a graveyard near his home.

The body of 71-year-old Alfred Gadenne — the mayor of the western industrial town of Mouscron — was discovered after he failed to return Monday from the cemetery, where he was a caretaker and locked the gates each night, according to Belgian media, citing the public prosecutor. A Mouscron police secretary confirmed the details to CNN.

A suspect surrendered to police at the scene, first deputy prosecutor Frederic Bariseau said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Emergency services at the Luingne Cemetery in Mouscron, where Gadenne was found dead.
The suspect, who has not been named, was holding a “cutter” in his hand when he was apprehended, although officials have yet to confirm it was the weapon used to kill Gadenne, Bariseau said.

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