What an incredibly terrible act. In Kitzbühel (Austria), a 25-year-old man killed his ex-girlfriend (19), his new partner (24) and three other members of his family in the early hours of the morning.
As investigating police announced on Sunday, the criminal was on guard shortly after the murders. He told the policeman, "I just killed five people."
Andreas E. was in a pub at night with his ex-girlfriend (she had broken up with him two months ago) and met his new friend, Tyrol State Crime Office chief Walter Pupp told a news conference. There was a dispute, but it was "pacified". But only for a short time. According to the information, the attacker went to the house of the young woman's parents at four o'clock and knocked on the door. There he was informed that the relationship was over.
According to Pupp, the offender, who works at a local construction company, left and took his brother's gun. When he returned home at 6am, the family man (59) opened the door and was immediately shot, followed by his wife (51) and a son. Then the 25-year-old girl walked through a window into a grandmother's apartment, where her ex-girlfriend and her new friend were and also killed her.
The offenders knew each other at home
The man knew exactly where to find the couple, the LKA chief said. He already lived with his family for several months in the house.
The criminal was described by Pupp as calm. He is from the Kitzbühel area and has no training in migration. Years ago, he committed minor offenses, but was not officially known. "This climb was not nearly predictable," said Pupp.
"We are all shocked and deeply sad," said Kitzbühel Mayor Klaus Winkler. The victim's family, but also the suspect's family, were seen locally. "It was never there that an entire family was so tragically wiped out," Winkler said. The 19-year-old dead man was "a very diligent girl".
• According to Federal Criminal Police (BKA) data, on average, a man tries to kill his wife or former partner almost every day in Germany. In 2018, 123 women were killed across the country by their spouses or former men, in addition to 208 attempted murders or manslaughter.
• Worldwide, according to a 2017 UN study, 87,000 women were killed, including 50,000 by their partners or family members. The World Health Organization (WHO) uses the term femicide when referring to the murders of women for being women.
Now an autopsy should clarify the exact cause of death and also the question of what role a knife presented the 25-year-old police officer after the fact with the police.
▶ ︎ The world famous city with its 8,000 inhabitants is in shock. A crime of this size was previously unknown. Among other things, the community is home to former ski star and folk musician Hansi Hinterseer. The highlight of the year is the Hahnenkamm Streif race, for which 100,000 fans make a pilgrimage. German celebrities Franz Beckenbauer, Maria Höfl-Riesch and Susanne Klatten live in Kitzbühel.