Germany Covid: Teacher kills family with illegal gun over fake vaccine pass
A German teacher killed his family and then himself with an illegal gun after his wife’s bosses found out he had forged her vaccine pass and threatened to “rigorously chase him,” it has been revealed.
The 40-year-old, identified only as Devid R., was found dead alongside his wife Linda, also 40, and daughters Leni, 10, Janni, eight, and Rubi, three, at their home in Senzig, 20 miles south of Berlin. , on Saturday.
Devid, a subject teacher, is believed to have shot his wife and daughters with the illegal firearm before turning it on himself. Each of the girls was found dead in their own bedroom, prosecutors said.
He left a lengthy note talking about falsifying a vaccine passport for his wife who worked at the Technical University in nearby Wildau, before the forgery was discovered by her bosses who threatened to “seize the case rigorously.”
Investigators say Devid feared he or his wife would be sent to jail and their daughters taken away. While Germany’s new Covid laws allow a jail term for falsifying a vaccine pass, lawyers say it would have been unlikely in this case.
Devid R committed suicide, his wife Linda (pictured together, with their children) and their daughters (L to R: Leni, Rubi and Janni) after falsifying a Covid-19 vaccination certificate and fearing his children would be taken away when it was discovered
Police found the two adults, both 40, and their three children, ages four, eight and ten, dead from gunshot wounds in a family home in Koenigs Wusterhausen (pictured), south of Berlin.
Police said autopsies on the five bodies were underway and will reveal how long the family had been dead. They were discovered on Saturday, but the heinous crime is believed to have taken place days earlier
Nevertheless, the threat of action by the university appears to have prompted Devin to carry out the brutal murders.
Prosecutor Gernot Bantleon told… picture: In [the letter] he literally writes that the university wanted to pursue the falsification of the vaccination passport ‘with the utmost rigour’.”
The university bosses have admitted to confronting Linda about the false vaccination pass and have asked her to provide a written statement.
Lawyers told Bild that, in addition to a fine, Devid may have faced some sort of punishment in his own job – as a vocational teacher – for forging the pass.
But, the lawyers added, any other form of punishment was unlikely and it is almost certain that the children would not have been removed, as the parents had no history of domestic violence.
It is still being investigated how long the family lay dead before their bodies were found by concerned neighbors.
Last week, Angela Merkel tightened Germany’s Covid laws to cut off large swaths of society from anyone who has not been vaccinated against Covid or has recovered from an infection — requiring people to show health passes to access public spaces.
From January, vaccination against Covid will be mandatory to go to work.
Police remove a body from Koenigs Wusterhausen’s property where a man committed suicide, his wife and their three children after it was discovered he had falsified a Covid vaccination certificate
Teddy bears and candles were placed in front of the house in Koenigs Wusterhausen after five people were found dead there on Saturday
Gunman kills two people and injures four after being asked to put on a mask in Moscow’s public service building
A gunman has killed two people and injured four others after being asked to put on a mask at a public services building in Moscow.
Moscow Mayor Sergey Sobyanin said a suspect, a 45-year-old Moscow resident, had been detained. A 10-year-old girl was among the injured.
Face masks are mandatory in public indoor areas such as the municipal service center.
A Glock pistol was found at the scene of the shooting.
Possession of pistols and other short-barreled weapons is severely restricted in Russia.
The Russian Commission of Inquiry has launched a criminal investigation into the deadly shooting on charges of murder and illegal arms trafficking.
The incoming German government also wants to make vaccinations against Covid-19 mandatory for people working in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical practices from March 16.
A draft of the legislation seen by Reuters said staff working in these areas would have to prove they have been vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 or provide a medical certificate to show they can’t by March 15. be vaccinated.
Meanwhile, since last month, employees must demonstrate that they have been vaccinated, recovered or tested negative for Covid-19.
German authorities agreed last week to deny unvaccinated people access to all but the most essential businesses such as supermarkets, pharmacies and bakeries.
Meanwhile, nightclubs and music venues in areas with an incidence over 350 will be forced to close.
Outdoor football stadiums will be limited to a maximum of 15,000 spectators, while indoor venues will be limited to 5,000.
School students will be required to wear masks, while private gatherings for unvaccinated people will be limited to one household.
The Bundestag also debated a nationwide vaccine mandate last week to make it law in February next year.
Members will vote on the bill in early 2022. Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind the move.
Only 69 percent of the German population has been vaccinated, less than the 74.2 percent who have had both shots in Italy and the 70.5 percent in France. Meanwhile, 69.3 percent of the British population has had both shots.