Trier in grief – the perpetrator has started talking – VG

SORROW AND TEARS: On Wednesday morning, a memorial service was held for the victims in Trier. Foto: Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

There was a mournful veil over the memorial service which was held on Wednesday morning in the German city of Trier. Several cried openly for those who lost their lives and were injured in the car attack in the city center on Tuesday.

An unemployed German electrician (51) is said to have caused the tragedy in the German small town of Trier on Tuesday.

Shock and grief characterize Germany after about 20 people were cut down in one of the city’s pedestrian streets on Tuesday. Five people have been killed, 15 injured, some life-threatening.

Wednesday was a memorial service for the five killed. Among them was a nine-month-old baby and its 45-year-old father. The mother and one and a half year old son are being treated in hospital.

The motive for the atrocity is not yet known. But a spokesman for the police has told the German press that the perpetrator has started talking.

KILLED: Five pedestrians were killed in the tragedy in the German city of Trier. The Christmas mood was dramatically turned into an incomprehensible tragedy caused by a 51-year-old driver. Photo: KAI PFAFFENBACH / X00446

Not politically motivated

– The police say that he answers questions, but they do not want to say anything about the answers they have given. What is known is that the tragedy caused by the 51-year-old is not politically motivated. He has no affiliation with any organizations and he should not have had any helpers, says the German journalist Per Hinrichs in Die Welt, to VG.

– It seems like it’s just a terrible tragic event. The police have not yet decided whether to imprison the man, or leave him for psychiatric treatment.

The mayor of Trier, Wolfram Leibe, has stated that there are many indications that the 51-year-old perpetrator is struggling with mental problems.

The German press reports that the 51-year-old is a German citizen and resident in Trier.

He must be an unemployed electrician. The car he drove zigzagging through the pedestrian street with, a Land Rover, he is said to have borrowed from a friend.

LIGHTING LIGHTS: Candles were lit for the victims of the tragedies in the German city of Trier on Tuesday. Five people are to be killed, among them a nine-month-old baby and the 45-year-old father. Photo: Jean-Christophe VERHAEGEN / AFP

The perpetrator is said to have lived in the car recently, he is said to have had alcohol problems, and according to information from the police, he drove 1.4 per thousand during the fateful journey through the center of Trier.

There are rumors that the man, who was arrested shortly after the tragic incident, on social media has expressed misogynistic attitudes.

Trier a small German town with 110,000 inhabitants. It is located not far from the border with Luxembourg and was founded by the Romans about 2000 years ago.

Trier is considered to be one of Germany’s oldest cities.

MEMORIAL: Trier Mayor Wolfram Leibe presided over the ceremony to commemorate the victims of the tragic event in the German city. The ceremony took place at Porta Nigra a landmark in Trier from Roman times. Photo: JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP

Published: 02.12.20 at 10:45

Updated: 02.12.20 at 11:13

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