The suspected father is still in danger of death and is in a medically induced coma. It is unclear when he will be available for questioning. The 36-year-old is suspected of having killed his 12-year-old daughter and his three sons, aged 9, 7 and 5, on friday night in grob ilsede in lower saxony. Presumably marital problems were the motive.
Further autopsy results to be available in the next few days. It is unclear whether the children were deafened. The girl had fought back, while no defensive marks were found on the boys, aust said. The bodies are to be released on monday.
The crime scene was full of blood. "Even the experienced colleagues were stunned by the act and had the ground pulled out from under their feet," said aust.
The woman was on vacation abroad. Her husband had sent her an SMS in which he hinted at the deed. The woman immediately relayed the news to relatives, who alerted police. When the rescuers arrived at the house, they found only the bodies of the children and the seriously injured father. "If the man survives, a psychiatric report will be unavoidable," said hildesheim prosecutor bernd seemann on saturday. The authorities did not say whether the mother had returned from abroad in the meantime.
Neighbors and friends placed candles and laid flowers in front of the family’s row house in memory of the slain children. A cardboard sign says "why?", on another "we miss you". Children had drawn pictures and written letters. Many of the 7000 residents of ilsede are at a loss for words. They are shocked that such a terrible act of blood could happen in their otherwise peaceful town. On friday evening, more than 200 people, including many of the siblings’ school friends, had gathered in the small st. Nikolai church farewell.