The family of the Swedish journalist who died on board an inventor's submarine has released heartbreaking footage of the woman.
In August, the headless torso of 30-year-old Kim Wall was found after it was dumped in the ocean. She went missing after taking a ride with Peter Madsen on a Nautilus submarine he built.
First, Madsen told police that he dropped Wall off on Land. Then, he gave conflicting reports on how the journalist died, but claimed it was an accident.
She was writing a story about the vessel and 46-year-old Madsen when she was killed. He has since been charged with murder.
Wall’s family posted the new footage of Wall as part of a new fund, called the Kim Wall Memorial Fund, created to help other female reporters. In the video, loved ones called Wall a “'phenomenal journalist' and "a beautiful person.”
“She was always very excited to see you. And she gave the best hugs,” one friend said in the video.
Wall was an award-winning journalist who had written stories for various publications including The New York Times, The Guardian and TIME. Wall earned two graduate degrees from Columbia University, one in journalism and the other in international affairs. She spoke eight languages. She had plans to write a story on neo-Maoism in China. Previously, she had written about voodoo in Haiti and nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.
Madsen’s biographer, Thomas Djursing, told the New York Post that Madsen held a grudge against journalists whom he felt “belittled” his work in past interviews.
In the footage, one friend of Wall said, “Kim would have wanted more women out there in the world, brushing up against life.”