German teacher used illegal handgun to shoot dead his three girls in their bedrooms before killing his wife and himself after her university bosses threatened to ‘rigorously pursue’ fake vaccine pass
- Devid R, 40, found dead alongside wife Linda, also 40, and daughters Leni, 10, Janni, eight, and Rubi, three, at their home near Berlin on Saturday
- Devid used an illegal handgun to kill his family and then himself, prosecutors say, with each of the girls found dead in their own bedrooms
- He left behind a note which talked about faking a vaccine pass for his wife and how her bosses had threatened to ‘rigorously pursue’ the family over it
- Police believe Devid killed his family out of fear his children could be taken away
A German teacher killed his family and then himself with an illegal handgun after his wife’s bosses found out he had faked her vaccine pass and threatened to ‘rigorously pursue’ him over it, it has been revealed.
The 40-year-old, identified only as Devid R., was found dead alongside wife Linda, also 40, and daughters Leni, 10, Janni, eight, and Rubi, three, at their house in Senzig, 20 miles south of Berlin, on Saturday.
Devid, a vocational teacher, is believed to have shot his wife and daughters using the illegal firearm, before turning it on himself. Each of the girls was found dead in their own bedroom, prosecutors have said.
He left behind a lengthy note in which he talked about faking a vaccine passport for his wife who worked at the Technical University in nearby Wildau, before the forgery was uncovered by her bosses who threatened to ‘rigorously pursue’ the case.
Investigators say Devid was afraid that either he or his wife would be sent to jail, and their daughters taken away. While Germany’s new Covid laws do allow a prison term for faking a vaccine pass, lawyers say it would have been unlikely in this case.
Devid R killed himself, his wife Linda (pictured together, with their kids) and their daughters (L to R: Leni, Rubi and Janni) after he faked a Covid-19 jab certificate and feared his children would be taken away when it was discovered
Police found the two adults, both 40, and their three children aged four, eight and 10 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 determine how long the family had been dead. They were discovered on Saturday but it is thought the grisly crime took place days earlier
Never-the-less, the threat of action by the university seems to have been what prompted Devin to carry out the brutal killings.
Prosecutor Gernot Bantleon told Bild: In [the letter] he literally writes that the university wanted to pursue the vaccination passport forgery ‘with the utmost rigor’.”
University bosses have acknowledged confronting Linda over the fake vaccine pass, requiring her to provide a written statement.
Lawyers told Bild that, in addition to a fine, Devid may have faced some kind of punishment in his own job – as a vocational school teacher – for forging the pass.
But, they lawyers added, any other kind of punishment was unlikely and it is almost certain the children would not have been removed since the parents had no history of domestic disturbances.
Investigations are still underway to determine exactly how long the family lay dead before their bodies were found by concerned neighbours.
Last week, Angela Merkel tightened Germany’s Covid laws to shut down large parts of society to anyone who has not been vaccinated against Covid or recovered from an infection – requiring people to show health passes to access public spaces.
From January, being vaccinated against Covid will be required to attend work.
Police remove a body from the Koenigs Wusterhausen property where a man killed himself, his wife and their three children after he was discovered faking a Covid jab certificate
Teddy bears and candles were placed in front of the house in Koenigs Wusterhausen after five people were found dead there on Saturday
A gunman has killed two people and wounded four more after he was asked to put a mask on in a Moscow public services building.
Moscow mayor Sergey Sobyanin said a suspect, a 45-year-old Moscow resident had been detained. A girl, 10, was among the wounded.
Masks are mandatory in indoor public places like the municipal services centre.
A Glock handgun was found at the site of the shooting.
Ownership of handguns and other short-barrelled weapons is severely restricted in Russia.
Russia’s investigative committee has launched a criminal probe into the fatal shooting on charges of murder and illegal arms trafficking.
The incoming German government also wants to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory from March 16 for people working in hospitals, nursing homes and other medical practices.
A draft of the legislation seen by Reuters said staff working in these areas would have to prove that they are vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 or present a medical certificate to show they cannot be vaccinated by March 15.
Meanwhile, from last month, employees have been required to show they are vaccinated, recovered or test negative for Covid-19.
German authorities agreed last week to bar the unvaccinated from access to all but the most essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies and bakeries.
Meanwhile nightclubs and music venues in areas where the incidence rate is higher than 350 will be forced to close.
Outdoor football stadiums will be limited to a maximum of 15,000 spectators while indoor venues will be capped at 5,000.
Schools students will have to wear masks while private gatherings for unvaccinated people will be limited to one household.
The Bundestag also last week debated a nationwide vaccine mandate with a view to making it law by February next year.
Members will vote on the bill in early 2022. Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind the move.
Just 69 per cent of Germany’s population is vaccinated, lower than the 74.2 per cent who have had both jabs in Italy and the 70.5 per cent in France. Meanwhile 69.3 per cent of the UK’s population have had both jabs.
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