German town mourns after 5 dead in pedestrian zone attack

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BERLIN (AP) – Residents of Trier laid flowers and lit candles on Wednesday at the base of the city’s iconic Roman gate in southwest Germany in tribute to the five people killed and more than a dozen others were injured when a man drove an SUV at high speed through the pedestrianized center.

The man, a 51-year-old man from Trier whose name has not been released, made a statement to authorities and was due to be brought before a judge later today to determine whether he should be kept in custody in view or take him into custody. psychiatric care.

“The victims and their families need answers,” the city’s mayor, Wolfram Leibe, told reporters near the makeshift memorial that grew out of the Roman gate known as Porta Nigra, near the site of the attack.

Prosecutors investigating the man for murder, attempted murder and other charges said after Tuesday afternoon’s attack they had no immediate indication of what prompted the man to act, but that there was no sign of terror, political or religious motive.

He had been drinking heavily before the attack, authorities said.

Among the five killed were a 45-year-old man and his nine-and-a-half-week-old daughter. His wife and 1.5-year-old son were among the injured and being treated in a hospital, police said.

Police initially identified the child as a 9 month old, but then corrected the age. The others killed were three women, aged 25, 52 and 73.

Police received the first call about the attack at 1:47 p.m. and were able to apprehend the suspect four minutes later after stopping the car and blocking it.

Zigzagging through the pedestrian zone, police said he had walked about half a mile in total, “leaving behind a trail of dead, injured and rubble.”

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This story has been corrected to show that the age of the youngest victim is 9.5 weeks, not 9 months, based on the corrected information received from the police.

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