Luise was found dead in a forest after she failed to return home (Image: Getty/Newsflash)

For the first time in Germany, a 12-year-old girl was photographed being stabbed.

The victim, identified only by her first name Luise, was unable to return home after visiting a friend on Saturday.

She was photographed today as awareness of the shocking case grows.

An extensive police search uncovered Luise’s body in a wooded area near a former train station in the western town of Freudenberg.

Two teenage girls who confronted police allegedly posted a TikTok dance after the stabbing.

They are 13 and 12 years old.

The girls’ comment section on TikTok was reportedly flooded with comments like “how can you do that” and “I can’t believe it”.

According to local media, Luise was bullied at school.

German newspaper Bild claims she was killed “out of revenge” after confiding in an adult about the situation.

Luise F., 12 years old, poses in an undated photo.  She was murdered in the town of Freudenberg in North Rhine-Westphalia.  (Police Siegen-Wittgenstein/Newsflash)

Luise, 12, was killed in Freudenberg (Photo: Police Siegen-Wittgenstein/News)

Yesterday, Florian Locker, head of the Koblenz Police Department’s homicide unit, provided more information about the two teenagers being questioned in connection with the death.

He said the two girls, aged 12 and 13, “made statements about the case and eventually admitted to the crime”.

Luise had been friends with her killers, but the trio reportedly had a falling out.

They all went to the same school as the 13-year-old, in the same class as the victim.

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Both suspects are too young to be held criminally responsible for their actions in Germany, where the age of criminal responsibility starts at 14.

The knife or knives involved in the stabbing have yet to be found.

Luise was found with multiple stab wounds and died of massive blood loss.

Prosecutors told the press they believed “the crime was committed by two of the girl’s acquaintances”.

A German police officer searches for a knife in a forest where a 12-year-old girl was found dead of knife wounds on March 14, 2023 in Hohenhain near Freudenberg, Germany.  Two girls aged 12 and 13 are suspected of the murder of 12-year-old schoolgirl Luise.  REUTERS/Stephane Nitschke

German police officer searches for a knife in a forest where Luise was found dead (Image: Reuters)

They were placed with a youth care agency – a local government agency specifically tasked with supporting and protecting children, young people and families.

Prosecutor Mario Mannweiler said: “What might be a motive for children to commit a crime should not happen to an adult.

“That’s why we can’t say anything about it now, because otherwise I would be forced to give details of the investigation, and I’m not allowed to.”

A makeshift memorial of flowers and candles has been placed on the spot where the body of a murdered schoolgirl was found on March 15, 2023 in Freudenberg, West Germany.  - Two schoolgirls have confessed to stabbing the 12-year-old girl Luise, the police said on March 14, 2023, in a case that has rocked the country.  (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP) (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

A makeshift memorial near the crime scene (Image: AFP)

“This is a shocking case, both for us and for all of you. We are aware of that.”

Hendrik Wuest, the prime minister of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, where Freudenberg is located, said he was shocked by the murder.

He said: “It is incomprehensible and unbearable that children are capable of such heinous acts.”

He promised that the authorities would make every effort to clarify the reasons and circumstances behind the crime.