10,000 Mourn the Death of Nine After Shooting Rampage

10,000 Mourn the Death of Nine After Shooting Rampage

A  43-year-old German citizen shot 11 people to death, including himself and his mother. His motives were that of an immigrant-hating gunman who released texts and videos of his racist views in which he mentioned the notion of genocide. Police investigations have announced that five of the victims are Turkish nationals and that all 9 of the victims were foreigners. With that said, and with rising hate against Turkish immigrants, ABCnews.com announced that Ali Kemal Aydin, Turkey’s ambassador in Germany, said that “This cannot and this must not continue.”

 

This killing has been among several in a matter of months that was quickly followed by an anti-Semitic attack on a synagogue in Halle this past October, and the assassination of a politician who supported an acceptance towards the influx of immigrants.

Since the shooting, there have been numerous vigils almost nightly for the victims of the shootings and a massive anti-racism protest February 22nd, welcoming thousands. According to NBCnews.com, German chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in Berlin on Thursday morning announcing that “Racism is poison, hatred is poison and this poison exists in society, and it is to blame for too many crimes.”