German husband kills himself, his wife and their three young girls after he faked a Covid jab certificate and feared his children would be taken away when it was discovered
- Devid R said in a note found by police that he forged a Covid jab pass for his wife
- Her employer found out, prompting them to fear arrest and losing their children
- Devid killed wife Linda and kids Leni, Janni, Rubi at Koenigs Wusterhausen home
- Officers were called by witnesses who said they saw lifeless bodies in the house
A man killed himself, his wife and three young girls after he faked a Covid-19 jab certificate and feared his children would be taken away when it was discovered.
Police found two adults, both 40, and three children aged four, eight and 10 dead from gunshot wounds in a family home in Koenigs Wusterhausen south of Berlin on Saturday.
In a pages-long farewell note found by police, the man, named as Devid R, said he forged a vaccination certificate for his wife Linda.
Her employer had found out, prompting the couple to fear they would be arrested and lose their children Leni, Janni and Rubi, prosecutor Gernot Bantleon told news agency dpa.
Police were called to the house after being alerted by witnesses who had seen lifeless bodies in the house, police and prosecutors said on Saturday.
Police found two adults, both 40, and three children aged four, eight and 10 dead from gunshot wounds in a family home in Koenigs Wusterhausen south of Berlin on Saturday
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
Police said autopsies on the five bodies were underway and will determine how long the family had been dead
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 wounds four after he was asked to put a mask on in Moscow public services building
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.
Investigators suspect that the man killed his wife and children and then himself. They found a gun in the house, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether it was the weapon used to fire the fatal shots.
They found no indication that anyone else was present at the time or that anyone forced their way into the house.
Police said autopsies on the five bodies were underway and will determine how long the family had been dead.
The grisly case comes as Germany has been tightening up restrictions to try to stem a fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
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.