A Greek teenager killed in the Munich gun rampage threw himself in front of his twin sister to protect her from a hail of bullets, according to reports.
Huseyin Dayicik, 19, was shot twice by Ali Sonboly after pushing his sister out of the gunman’s way, according to MailOnline. The siblings had been at the Olympia shopping centre looking for gifts for their family, reports said.
The identities of the nine mainly young victims of the shooting spree have emerged amid claims that 18-year-old Sonboly may have targeted people of Turkish and Arab origin, groups he apparently felt had picked on him at school.
Police said on Saturday that two victims were 13, three were 14, one was 17 and another was 19. The remaining two were 20 and 45. Six were male and three were female.
Twenty-seven people are being treated in the city’s hospitals for injuries sustained in the attack. Ten people – including a 13-year-old boy – remain in a critical condition and the death toll could rise further, officials said.
Among the dead were two 14-year-old Kosovan girls, Armela Segashi and Sabina Sulaj, and their Turkish friends Can Leyla, 14 and Selcuk Kilic, 15, according to reports.
Eighteen-year-old Guilliano Kollman reportedly died after being shot outside the McDonald’s where Sonboly began his murderous rampage.
On Saturday afternoon Naim Zabergja, a policeman of Kosovan heritage, visited the scene to lay flowers where his son, Dijamant, 21, was killed. According to reports the oldest victim was Sevda Dag, a 45-year-old Turkish woman.
The Greek foreign ministry confirmed the death of Dayicik, who was born in Germany and lived there with his family but was a Greek citizen. A Greek Muslim MP tweeted that the victim hailed from the nation’s Muslim minority in the north of the country.
“One of the victims is an expatriate from Western Thrace,” Ilhan Ahmet said in the tweet. Greek prime minister, Alexis Tsipras, said that having a Greek among the dead “binds us even more to the fight to eradicate hatred and terrorism in Europe.”
Police said Sonboly had no criminal record but had been a victim of two minor crimes – a theft in 2010 and bodily harm in 2012. He had been receiving psychiatric care,.
There were reports that Sonboly, who was born and raised in Munich, had been bullied for several years. He was a student but no details about his school have been released.
Officers found material about killing sprees in his room after raiding the apartment where he lived with his family on Saturday. Computers were seized during the raid.
Munich police investigator Robert Heimberger said it appeared the gunman had hacked a Facebook account and posted a message promising free food in order to lure people to the McDonald’s restaurant in the Olympia shopping centre.
Munich has large communities of people who fled the Balkan wars in the 1990s, and in common with many German cities it is home to a diverse mix of people from many countries.
The gunman shot himself about half a mile from the shopping centre, but his body was not found until about two and a half hours after the incident began at 6pm local time on Friday.
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