The stabbing to death of Ika Hoffmann in Colonia Sant Jordi on Sunday morning naturally caused great dismay and sorrow among neighbours. Her apartment was rented. The owner, Francisca Valls, said that it had been rented out to Ika for seven years. There had never been a problem. "She was a good woman. She was a widow. I think she had two daughters in Germany. As far as I know she didn't want men. She lived alone and quietly. I don't believe this man (the alleged killer) was her partner."