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Dead businessman 'could be victim of contract hit'

The Local · 3 Sep 2012, 15:37

Published: 03 Sep 2012 15:37 GMT+02:00

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The 46-year-old promotional sales tour organizer, named only as Jörg H., was returning to his car after a shopping trip in the city, Bild newspaper reported on Monday, when he was approached by the killer and shot several times in the chest at close range.

The motives for the murder remain unclear, though police are not ruling out a contract killing, the paper said.

Police found thousands of euros in cash and expensive jewellery on the victim after the shooting.

The killer, whose image was caught by surveillance cameras, reportedly left the scene calmly after the shooting. He is between 19 and 25 years old, 1.80 metres tall (5 feet 9 inches), has a three-day-beard and wore a gray baseball cap.

When police arrived at the scene Saturday the victim was lying in a pool of his own blood. He died later at a local hospital.

The victim was reportedly involved in so-called Kaffeefahrten, or sales trips typically aimed at senior citizens, in which they are bused or brought to a location and given a sales pitch.

One investigator told Bild that the motive could involve a personal or business grievance, and could relate to the Kaffeefahrten. He said the industry can be particularly cut-throat and lucrative. "[Kaffeefahrten] involve a lot of money, and the gloves are off," he said.

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16:44 September 3, 2012 by brooklyite
Wait, so he got up from a pool of someone else's blood to lie down in his own blood? That's gross.
17:14 September 3, 2012 by hanskarl
The first sentence also is not grammatically correct.
21:51 September 3, 2012 by Karl_Berlin
Sometimes the mind boggles as to how stories can be printed without being read by a second set of eyes. You can find this stuff with almost all of their articles.... kind of shameful....
05:56 September 4, 2012 by wood artist

At the risk of assuming, I'm guessing that sometimes the problem comes from translating the story from German into English. That said, it wouldn't hurt to have a second set of eyes look over the result. That first sentence should have been caught. I'm not sure where @brooklyite got his line, but...whatever.

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