The 27-year-old man died from his injuries after the beating in Neuenburg, Baden-Württemberg, near the French border, at around 6pm. Paramedics from France treated the man but could not save his life. He died at the scene.
Police believe he was killed by friends of a woman who suspected him of raping her almost a week earlier on June 12th.
They said family members of the woman were present at the car park, but it is unclear whether the man agreed to meet them there of if he was attacked without warning.
“There was considerable violence,” a spokeswoman for Freiburg police said on Thursday. Four suspects were arrested on Wednesday night and were questioned on Thursday.
The police spokeswoman said the man knew the woman who was raped in the nearby town of Müllheim. According to the Bädische Zeitung they were on first name terms but were not in a relationship.
An arrest warrant for the 27-year-old had been issued and he had been on the run.
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