In Germany, people are shocked about the death of the popular CDU politician Walter Lübcke.
The man was found dead Sunday morning in his garden with a bullet wound in his head, but there is no trace of the murder weapon or a suspect.
Walter Lübcke (65) was found dead early Sunday morning in the garden of his house in central German Wolfhagen.
The official cause of death is not yet known, but according to German media the Christian Democratic politician was found with a bullet wound in his head, but there was no trace of a weapon.
The public prosecutor opened an investigation: the state police conducted a full-day forensic investigation in and around Lübcke’s house on Sunday, and questioned the man’s neighbors.
In 2015, Lübcke had caused a nationwide stir with his support for the accommodation of refugees.
At a town hall meeting he emphasized, among other things, the importance of Christian values for living together in Germany.
“Who does not represent these values, can leave this country at any time, if he does not agree. This is the freedom of every German.”
In response to this statement Lübcke had received hundreds of vilifying emails and stood for a short time under personal protection.
According to a spokesman for the regional council, the threats have long been silent.
Currently there were no more politically motivated threats against Lübcke.
According to the local Hessische Niedersächsische Allgemeine newspaper, the perpetrator is said to have been a man who had just met Lübcke at the local fair, but that information has not yet been confirmed by the authorities.
Since 2009, Lübcke has been prime minister of the Kassel government district in central German state of Hesse, and leaves behind a wife, two grown-up sons and one grandchild.
The German political world reacted collectively shocked by the death of their colleague.
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of our friend,” said CDU Chairman Volker Bouffier and Group Chairman Michael Boden Berg.
“We are deeply shocked by the sudden death of our friend Walter Lübcke,” said CDU chair Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who calls Lübcke a bridge builder.
“In these difficult hours, our thoughts and prayers are mainly with Lübcke’s wife, her two sons and grandson.”