Family of four shot dead at home in mysterious killing

Police in Baden-Württemberg are investigating what they describe as the mysterious killing of four members of a family who were all found shot dead in their home in the small town of Eislingen.

Family of four shot dead at home in mysterious killing
A victim is removed from the house Photo: DPA

The alarm was raised by the 18-year-old son of the family who returned home on Friday afternoon to find his 57-year-old father, 55-year-old mother and 24- and 22-year-old sisters shot dead.

The man was in the hallway, the woman in the bathroom, and the two young women in a room an attic room.

Detectives say they are not ruling out either a crime of passion, nor the potential involvement of a stranger in the killings, and stress they are investigating in all directions.

It has been confirmed that the teenager is a member of the local shooting club. A weapon that might have been used in the killings has not yet been found.

The 30-strong investigation team is appealing for witnesses to come forward with information.


German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

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Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.