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Offline Johnnie F.

17 year old exchange student shot in Montana
« on: April 29, 2014, 11:24:51 AM »
Local newspapers in Missoula report about the shooting on Saturday night of a 17 years old exchange student of Turkish descent from Germany. It is said the unarmed student was shot in the head by a 29 years old, who claims he had found the student in his garage. The police has taken the shooter into custody on suspicion of deliberate homicide, obviously due to severe doubts about the claim of only having acted to protect himself and his property by shooting an unarmed teenager in the head.

I think, everybody who knows American Saturday night life will also have doubts about that. Why should an exchange student at highschool level from Germany go out on a Saturday night on his own and steal from a local's garage? There must be a lot more behind that. In any case were the (American) host family to blame for not having taken good care enough of their guest. No word about that! 

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Offline thaiga

Re: 17 year old exchange student shot in Montana
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2014, 01:33:23 PM »
Bit more here

he set a trap in his garage to catch any would-be burglars because he was frustrated over recent thefts


thanks to lomatopo t/v
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Offline Johnnie F.

Re: 17 year old exchange student shot in Montana
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2014, 02:00:37 PM »
He didn't set up a trap only, he put a handbag as bait there, and he left the garage open, so he could shoot a kid unable to suppress his curiosity.  :o

We still need to hear about the second kid that could run away.
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Offline Roger

Re: 17 year old exchange student shot in Montana
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2014, 02:31:48 PM »
Have just watched a TV program about gang culture in Chicago suggesting that large areas of that City are so submerged in gang violence that the situation resembles having a rogue state inside the USA's borders. Appalling.
The USA has massive issues with guns in the Community generally. 
A horrible incident in Missoula.

Offline Johnnie F.

Re: Diren Dede: Man handed 70-year term for killing German
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2015, 07:42:53 AM »
A Montana man has been sentenced to 70 years in prison for killing a German exchange student last year.

Markus Kaarma fatally shot Diren Dede, 17, of Hamburg last year after the teenager entered his garage.

He was convicted of deliberate homicide in December. Defence lawyers said Kaarma had shot in self-defence.

Diren, a football player, was attending Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana, for one year as part of an exchange programme.

Kaarma's lawyers plan to appeal the conviction and sentence. He will not be eligible for parole for 20 years.

The son of a family of Turkish immigrants to Germany, Diren had only six weeks left in the exchange programme.

"It is justice. I am not happy. My son is dead." his father, Celal Dede, said after the sentencing.

Mr Kaarma, a 29-year-old firefighter, has told investigators his home had twice been hit by burglars, and he told a hair stylist he had waited up at night to shoot intruders, prosecutors said.

On the night of the shooting, Mr Kaarma and his partner Janelle Pflager left their garage door open, and Ms Pflager left her purse in the garage in order to bait intruders, she told police.

They set up motion sensors and a video monitor, prosecutors said.

When the sensors went off just after midnight and they saw a man on the monitor screen, Mr Kaarma went outside and fired a shotgun into the garage without warning several times.

It is unclear what the teenager was doing inside in the garage.

The case also brought scrutiny to Montana's so-called "castle doctrine" law, which allows homeowners to use deadly force if they "reasonably believe" an intruder is trying to harm him or her.



I remember from my 1976 journey around the US, Canada and Mexico, that hitch-hiking was considered a crime in Montana. Obviously many drivers thought, they must help us getting through there before the cops spot us. It was a fast passing-through! Let's hope this court decision leads Montana and the whole US on a better road!
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