Mina El Houari ended up on what was likely the worst first date of all time — and didn’t make it out alive.
The 25-year-old French woman had been chatting with a man from Morocco when she decided to hop on an airplane and meet him. The woman checked into a hotel in Fez before heading out to meet the man.
What happened on their first date remains a blur, but the unnamed man claims that Mina El Houari ended up keeling over unconscious at some point. Believing she had died, the man decided to bury the woman in his backyard garden.
What he didn’t know is that Mina was still very much alive. She was a diabetic and had fallen into a shock after her blood sugar reached dangerous levels. Police believe the woman then suffocated to death underneath the soft dirt in the garden.
Back home in France, Mina’s family grew worried when they did not hear from her and alerted police. After police in Morocco filed a missing person report, they ended up at the house of her date, where her body was found underneath the ground.
Mina’s was not the first case of love turned tragic to make worldwide headlines in recent days. In Pakistan, the family of Farzana Parveen reportedly ambushed the woman and stoned her to death because they did not approve of her husband.
“We loved each other. We got married on January 7, 2014 and my wife was three months’ pregnant,” her husband, Mohammad, Iqbal told The Associated Press. “My wife wanted to tell the court that I had not kidnapped her. We were going to the court with our lawyer Mustafa Kharal, and we were near the court when three dozen people suddenly attacked us.”
Mina is also not the first date to end in tragedy. Last year in Boynton Beach, Florida, a 19-year-old man met up with a 21-year-old woman after exchanging text messages. After the two met in a Wendy’s parking lot, the man, identified by local media as Donald Bernard McGee, Jr., allegedly pulled a gun on his date and demanded her car.
The man who buried Mina El Houari on their first date of horror has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.