Woman murdered in Horsens was a promising Syrian actress

A woman stabbed to death in an apartment in Horsens on December 29 was a promising Syrian actress who fled the ongoing conflict to Denmark with her family in 2011.

A number of international media outlets claim that Shinda Khalil was well-known in Syria, where she had appeared in a number of films and TV series. According to elfilm.com, the 28-year-old actress appeared in at least seven productions from 2008-2010.

According to Turkish media outlet CNN Türk, Khalil's brother killed his sister after she refused to give him money to help him travel to Syria to join the jihadist organisation Islamic State. The Danish police would not comment on that information.

The brother has admitted he stabbed his sister, but claims he did so in self-defence.

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Mental examination pending
The Danish-Kurdish online news outlet jiyan.dk said that Khalil and her family hail from Qamishlo, which is in the Kurdish part of Syria.

Ekstra Bladet tabloid contends that the entire family lives in Horsens, except Khalil's father, who lives in Copenhagen.

Khalil's brother is due to undergo a mental examination and is being held on remand until January 26.