Sixth Roma, Maria Balogh, Killed In Hungarian Racial Violence

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A sixth victim was found murdered in what is believed to be a spate of attacks on members of Hungary's large Roma community, BBC reports.

The woman, Maria Balogh, was killed in her own home, and her 13-year-old daughter, Ketrin, was shot at multiple times. Ketrin is currently recovering in intensive care.

From the BBC:

Police are treating the attack as the work of a group believed responsible for several murders in the past year. In April, a Roma man was shot dead in front of his home in north-eastern Hungary, two months after a Roma father and his five-year-old son were killed in front of their home south of Budapest, which was then set on fire. Those deaths followed the murder of a Roma couple in north-eastern Hungary last November.

Earlier this week, police also had to increase their presence in a village near Budapest after a fight broke out between skinheads and locals, Budapest Times reports.

Some youth wearing "White Hungary" t-shirts were reported to have beaten up a young Roma boy and a pregnant woman in the village.

Another 49 people have been injured in attacks since last July on the outskirts of small villages across the country.

Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai did not attend Balogh's funeral but issued a statement condemning the perpetrators' actions.

"To drive back extremism, to hold society together and to improve on the condition of Gypsies is not simply a government task," Bajnai said. "It is also a national responsibility."

The reward for any information leading to the murderers capture was increased to 100 million forints (530,000 dollars).

The Romas are one of the poorest and least educated communities in Hungary.

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