On Monday, investigators said they believed the crime was related to her religion after initially saying they were “not excluding any hypothesis.”
One of the suspects is a Muslim neighbor in his twenties whom she knew well and who had visited her that day, Knoll’s son, who did not wish to be named, told AFP.
A police source said the suspect had convictions for rape and sexual assault.
The second suspect, aged 21, has a history of violent robbery.
He was in the apartment building on the day of Knoll’s death and his name was given to police by the first suspect, a police source said.
The death of the woman described by neighbors as very quiet has shocked the Jewish community, coming a year after an Orthodox Jewish woman in her sixties was beaten and thrown out of the window of her Paris flat by a neighbor shouting “Allahu Akhbar” (God is greatest).
Det var interessant at se DR-TV-Avisen i aften. Indslaget om mordet var ret langt, men man undgik omhyggeligt enhver hentydning til gerningsmændene. Det var også paradoksalt, at man i Frankrig ikke ville have Marine le Pen og en repræsentant for venstrefløjen med i sørgeoptoget – men jeg så en imam der var deltager i forreste række!