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Hunt for double killer suspect goes nationwide

The Local · 5 Aug 2011, 15:29

Published: 05 Aug 2011 15:29 GMT+02:00

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Mehmet Yildirim, 25, is being sought across the country, a police spokeswoman said on Friday, a day after the bloodbath in the capital’s Wedding district.

It is thought at least 14 shots were fired at a car in which Yildirim’s 24-year-old former wife was sitting with her 45-year-old mother and 22-year-old sister as well as two men aged 27 and 24.

Yildirim’s former wife, named by the city’s tabloid newspaper BZ on Friday as Feride, was unharmed in the attack, but her mother died at the scene, while her sister died of her injuries later in hospital. The 27-year-old man who was hit in the head by a bullet, was operated on Thursday night and remains in a critical condition. The 24-year-old man wasn't hurt.

The BZ newspaper reported that Yildirim had harassed and threatened Feride after their marriage collapsed – and that she had even received a court order banning him from approaching her.

Police were on Friday distributing a photo of Yildirim across the country, as well as following up reported sightings of him received Thursday evening.

The shooting was particularly shocking as it happened in a busy district of the city in broad daylight and seemed to be carried out with precision. Witnesses described it as an outright execution.

“I am stunned and shocked,” said a neighbour who immediately ran to the scene after hearing shots Thursday and saw the carnage in the car. “The perpetrator simply ran away.”

Wedding is known as a centre for Berlin’s Turkish-born population, which one neighbour called “socially difficult.”

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Police sealed off a large area around the crime scene for several hours on Thursday as they gathered evidence and searched for the shooter.


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11:05 August 5, 2011 by yourholiness
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15:53 August 5, 2011 by Ludinwolf
ohhhhh... sad story really...

I also thought guns werent allowed in germany... it seems that is not difficult to grab one.
15:53 August 5, 2011 by storymann
Terrible, I am sure this individual will be apprehended and receive the draconian sentence of 4 to 8 years.
16:42 August 5, 2011 by nemo999
It is a terrible tragic event.
17:39 August 5, 2011 by annan1063
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18:33 August 5, 2011 by psykos
@annan just google how many shoot outs happen in west especially in USA, you will find many incidents specifically related to ex wife or ex girlfriend.

just a reminder a guy killed on the dispute whose bear trolly is good, another guy was killed while arguing about a match during WM 2010, n yeah recent incidents of killing own girl in Berlin. n school incident in March 2009.

By the way I was expecting a lot of such racist comments but seems people like you are decreasing. just a free advice grow up.
18:43 August 5, 2011 by DoubleDTown
hey, the ran his name AND his face. he'll likely bring a civil action for breaches of right of publicity.
18:53 August 5, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
@psykos: I was also expecting more racist comments .. but I am sure we will hear soon from Lunchbreak and company ...

related topic that got quickly removed from the Local front page:

19:16 August 5, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
It seems other cultures have the syndrome of "if I can't have you, no one can". Very dangerous for women andbound to cause further violence.
19:26 August 5, 2011 by Wobinidan
Plenty of wilful ignorance here: There are many high profile cases of white Westerners going into a jealous rage and killing their partners, the case of Raoul Moat in Britain last year being an extremely famous one. So let's cut out the stupid comments please.
20:34 August 5, 2011 by yourholiness
@ Wobinidan

There are many white westerners killing family members to defend their concept of honor?
21:36 August 5, 2011 by Norrlands Turk

No, they usually manage to find even more stupid reasons to do that.
01:47 August 6, 2011 by wood artist
Murder is most often a "crime of passion" so that idea that ugly divorces sometimes end up involving this sort of thing shouldn't be a surprise. While the deaths are truly sad, it somehow seems ironic that he didn't shoot his ex. That makes me wonder if she was actually the target in the first place...did he kill others around her so she would be forced to live with that "punishment?"

Hard to know, but I hope he's captured soon. I spend a lot of my time in Wedding, and I've always felt pretty safe there, despite any noise I hear about the high percentage of immigrants in the neighborhoods.

03:14 August 6, 2011 by yourholiness
@ Norriands Turk

I have to admit its pretty hard to find a stupider and more heartless reason to kill than a family honor killing.
03:25 August 6, 2011 by nec123
Mehmet Yildirim is a kurd holding a passport of Turkey, not a Turk..!

Not everyone is Turk came from Turkey.Dont confuse...!
11:47 August 6, 2011 by GolfAlphaYankee
@nec123 #15

how nice to see prejudice and racism coming from immigrant themselves ... its almost refreshing !
12:44 August 6, 2011 by nec123
still calling them " immigrant" ? who was that talking about "integration" ?
13:04 August 6, 2011 by ngwanem
@yourholiness: This incident has nothing to do with honor killing. it is a fit of jealousy as rightly expressed by Wobinidian. You are mixing both. By the way honor killings predated Christianity and thus Islam - a common practice that originated from the Middle-East. Even the Romans encouraged honor killing, despite their civilization.

As the other commentators have rightly expressed, this tragic incident is one of the many incidents happening worldwide due to fits of jealousy, crimes of passions, rages(e.g. road rage) and anger management issues. The latter is responsible for a lot of shootouts, especially if the perpetrators are in possession deadly weapons and can't withhold any reservations to dispense them.

On another note, I doubt the killer would be found in Germany. By the time the Police put out an arrest warrant, he was already on his way out of Germany: out of the fear of being caught and also to escape the vendetta of his ex-wife's family.
20:06 August 7, 2011 by Dizz
I recently moved to Wedding. I find it lively, safe and has tons of character that the Starbucks-style chains all over Mitte, Pberg and Fshain have ruined. Lets see there's a funky little "curiosity" shop below my building that opens and closes at the owner's whim and when shes' there she's just as likely to be sipping a glass of wine at a tiny table outside and chatting to her friends who like to drop by than trying to hard sell anything to anyone. There was 3 day street party on Mullerstrasse this weekend with rides for kids and foods stalls. There's interesting architecture, nice open parks, little old bars that nobody but the locals know about. My favourite was part of the street resistance protests 40 years ago and some of those ex-hot-heads are still regulars always happy to spin a yarn for a newcomer. There's a bar / cafe down the road which makes absolutely the best cheescake in Berlin. Also most of my neghbours seem to be either German, Polish, Arab, some Africans, some Asians certainly not exclusively Turkish. They are all universally friendly and will wave at you as you walk by if they happen to be leaning out a window or chatting on the sidewalks. There are lots of kids running around and yelling all the time. Parking is mostly free..

Yildirim's attack seems to have been pre-mediated and targetted and could therefore have taken place anywhere he expected to find his victims. I would however guess that casual random crime in Wedding is probably less than in many other districts of Berlin.
01:02 August 8, 2011 by Talonx
@ Dizz

Thank you for that breath of fresh air. Seems like the newsmedia is trying to blow everything out of proportion lately. And crazy folk are only too happy to oblige them and build it up to even more.

One problem though, where the hell is their a Starbucks in Friedrischshain? I know of one McDonalds, but let's just say they spend lots of money replacing windows. Don't hate on my hood bro :).
01:33 August 8, 2011 by Dizz
@ Talonx

oops. :)
02:07 August 8, 2011 by LecteurX
Funny that. On the same day we have this article about how a (presumably) white German pensioner killed and dismembered his 72-year old wife. Interesting to see that all the racists fret about this tragic story with this Turkish guy and completely ignore the other crime that does not suit their conceptions of how crime can only happen because of "immigrants".
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