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All 9 victims identified in Zama case

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — All victims have now been identified in a case where dismembered bodies of nine people were found at an apartment in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, police said early Friday.

In the case, Takahiro Shiraishi, a 27-year-old resident of the apartment, has been arrested on suspicion of body abandonment. As Shiraishi has admitted that he killed all nine people, including three high school students, the investigative headquarters of Tokyo’s Metropolitan Police Department plans to serve a fresh arrest warrant to him for murdering the nine.

The police will work on uncovering the whole truth of the case, including details of Shiraishi’s motive.

The nine victims, aged between 15 and 26, were one man and eight women from Tokyo and four other prefectures. The investigative headquarters earlier this week announced the identity of one of them — Aiko Tamura, a 23-year-old woman from Hachioji, Tokyo.

The other eight were identified as Akari Suda, 17, from the city of Fukushima, Kureha Ishihara, 15, from Oura, Gunma Prefecture, Natsumi Kubo, 17, from the city of Saitama, Hinako Sarashina, 19, from Tokorozawa, Saitama Prefecture, Hitomi Fujima, 26, from Kasukabe, Saitama, Mizuki Miura, 21, from Atsugi, Kanagawa Prefecture, Shogo Nishinaka, 20, from Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Kazumi Maruyama, 25, from Yokohama, according to the headquarters.

The three high school students were Ishihara, Kubo and Suda, who were in the first, second and third year at their respective schools. Sarashina was a second-year university student. The only male victim was Nishinaka.

Shiraishi has told the police that he killed the nine people at his studio apartment. He is believed to have strangled one or more of the victims with a rope using the handrail of the attic in the apartment.

Shiraishi is suspected of cutting up their bodies in the apartment’s bathroom and put dismembered bodies in a cooler and other boxes in the apartment.

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