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Memorial for beating victim after first arrest
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Memorial for beating victim after first arrest

Published: 29 Oct 2012 10:47 GMT+01:00
Updated: 29 Oct 2012 10:47 GMT+01:00

Hundreds of Berliners took part in a memorial service on Sunday for Jonny K., the 20-year-old man beaten to death in the centre of the city two weeks ago.

"We wanted to celebrate Jonny's life one last time," a former student said. "He was such a happy person. I'm sure he would have been glad that looked back on his life."

Several young people at the event at Alexanderplatz in the middle of the city, wore t-shirts with Jonny K.'s picture on them.

No speeches were made at the event, in keeping with Buddhist custom - Jonny's K.'s mother was brought up in Thailand, and both he and his sisters were brought up as Buddhists. A monk did speak a few words during the private service attended by Jonny's K.'s parents and siblings, and around 60 invited guests.

The friends who tried to help Jonny K. but were caught in a fight with his attackers also attended the service.

Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit and the Berlin state Justice Minister Thomas Heilmann also attended the private service. "I am here to express my condolences and sympathy with the family," Wowereit told reporters afterwards.

Heilmann said the crime cast a shadow on Berlin. "We as politicians also have to do all we can to investigate this crime," he said.

A 21-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack, while police were this week searching for a 19-year-old amateur boxer named only as Onur U.

The Bild newspaper reported on Monday that one of its reporters investigating the story had met Onur U. in a café in Istanbul, Turkey on Saturday. Describing him as a "failed amateur boxer with a Turkish and a German passport," the paper said he was planning to return to Germany to face questioning next week.

"Yes, I was there but I only hit the other guy," he told the paper. "With my fists. I don't know what was happening to the one on the ground. I would never kick someone lying on the ground. That's a question of honour for me."

He also said that the two men previously questioned and released, who reportedly told the police about Onur. U.'s involvement did so to deflect the blame from themselves. "They obviously agreed the story between themselves. They want to put the blame on me," he told the paper.

He also denied that he had fled the country following the killing. "That's not true," he said. "My father had an appointment here about some property. I didn't want to let him come here alone."

German authorities have not yet applied to deport Onur U., and would not say whether an international arrest warrant has been issued.

Melih Y. was arrested last week in connection with the killing, but has been released on bail.

A judge said that he admitted to kicking Jonny K., had agreed to cooperate fully with the investigation, and that there was no likelihood that he would flee. State prosecutors immediately appealed against the decision.

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13:34 October 29, 2012 by raandy
Yes, I was there but I only hit the other guy," he told the paper. "With my fists. I don't know what was happening to the one on the ground. I would never kick someone lying on the ground. That's a question of honour for me.",

Now it is all clear, Johnny was drunk sitting on the bench, his friends went to call a cab, they return and the perps are kicking and punching the crap out of the defenseless Johnny, This guy (Onur) hits one of Johnny's friends that is trying to stop the violence towards his buddy but the guy only punches the friend trying to help, he knows nothing as to what is happening on the ground to Johnny, he stated it was a matter of honor not to hit a guy on the ground, but as he said he did not know what was going on there with Johnny, the person on the ground getting the life kicked out of him, must have been invisible and that is why he did not know what was going on with Johnny.
14:50 October 29, 2012 by Raydoggy
Here are the intentional murder rates for Germany and Turkey.

Germany 2.5 per million Turkey 184 per million

These statistics speak volumes, but maybe the political correctness police will have these stats taken down.

As Merkel said "the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country, We kidded ourselves a while, we said: 'They won't stay, sometime they will be gone', but this isn't reality, And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed."
15:23 October 29, 2012 by michael4096
Here are the murder rates from the UNODC

http://www.unodc.org/documents/data-and-analysis/statistics/crime/Homicide_statistics2012.xls

Germany 8, Turkey 33, USA 48

As Merkel should have said "Watch out for those The Local readers...."
16:28 October 29, 2012 by Berlin fuer alles
Failed amateur boxer huh? Not hard to imagine why such a coward never made it in the ring. A real man would have tried to stop his so called 'friends' from pounding a helpless lad who could not fight back. He is an accessory to manslaughter whether he likes it or not.
08:18 October 30, 2012 by Anny One
@Raydoggy--What the most People not know,most of the Germans and Turks either !

The Labor recruitment was planned for the Compensation of the current account deficit with Countries like Yugoslavia,Italy,Spain,Portugal.

For Countries like Turkey,Tunesia and Morokko they had a different Regulation.Wich was on a 2 Years rotating basis,only for unmarried Workers without a Family reunion,Medical examination and an aptitude test,Workers should only come from the European regions of Turkey. An upper limit on the stay of 2 years has been committed, precluded an extension.

Labor Minister Theodor Blank refused because he assumed that cultural and religious distance between "guest workers" and local people could be resulting conflicts.

The main reason was that for the time was no need for Turkish workers, as the pool of unemployed Germans from less regions had not yet been adequately exploited. Due to the external pressure from the United States, which wanted to stabilize the geo-strategically motivated inclusion of Turkey into NATO this country economically, took over the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs - instead of the originally competent Ministry of Labour - the negotiations with the Turkish Republic. At the conclusion of the agreement were the foreign policy goals of NATO and the domestic political and economic targets in Turkey in the foreground. In particular, anticipated a decline in Turkey.

Turkey's high unemployment figures, which were caused by a permanent over-lying the economic growth of population growth.(Source Wiki poorly translated by me).Since then the Turks demanded new rules such as unlimited residency, residence permit for family members incl.social benefits.Seen from a human standpoint quiet understandable.Everybody thought they will be someday a integrated citizen of Germany or the second and third Generation.But they keep their ties and connections to Turkey over the integration process, with Television, Newspaper and the Internet.And Turkey is benefiting from this situation quite well.
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