Trier remembers the victims of car attack
Berlin, 2 Dec (efe-epa) – The German city of Trier held an event on Wednesday in memory of the victims of Tuesday’s car attack, in which five people died and another fifteen were injured when a car intentionally ploughed through a pedestrian area.
On Tuesday, a 51-year-old German man, under the influence of alcohol and likely suffering from psychological disorders, according to the public prosecutor’s office, drove into a pedestrian area, zigzagging for several hundred metres through passers-by and shopping stalls.
Next to the Porta Nigra, a city monument close to the scene of the attack, Rhineland-Palatinate state governor Malu Dreyer described the events to several hundred people as “four deadly minutes.”
“Nothing can justify this horrible act,” Dreyer added.
A minute’s silence is scheduled for 13:46 local time on Thursday.
In Trier, residents have placed candles, flowers and banners with messages of solidarity in the pedestrian area where the attack occurred.
A public donation collection has been created to support victims and mobile psychological aid stations have been set up.
The suspect, who according to local media has already made a statement to police officers, is expected to appear before a judge as soon as possible.
The court will have to decide whether the detainee will be held in custody or whether he will be temporarily placed in a psychiatric institution.
Among the dead were a nine-and-a-half week old baby girl and her 45-year-old father. The mother sustained injuries.