Fifth Strasbourg attack victim dies as city comes together for moving memorial
A fifth person has tragically lost their life following Tuesday’s terror attack on a Christmas market.
Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski, 36, died after spending five days in a coma.
‘My brother Barto Pedro Orent-Niedzielski has just passed away. He thanks you for the love and strength you have given him,’ his brother wrote online.
The news came after over a thousand people filled a square in the city of Strasbourg to honour those who died and the dozen wounded in the terror attack on a Christmas market.
Mayor of Strasbourg Roland Ries praised the city’s resilience in the face of hardship.Roy Keane claims Man Utd star will be sold after Liverpool defeat
He said the ‘extremely large crowd in the Christmas market’ on Saturday was an ‘illustration of our commitment to these values on which our living together is based, which we will continue to defend against all those who want to attack it’.
A manhunt for the gunman ended on Thursday night when the main suspect, Strasbourg-born Chekatt, 29, was killed in a shootout with police in the city neighborhood where he grew up.
Chekatt was subject of a ‘fiche S’, card, which is used by police to flag someone who is considered a threat to national security.
Interior minister Christophe Castaner said the suspect was known to police services and had served time in prison in France and Germany for common law offences.
On the morning of the Strasbourg attack, he was to have been arrested in connection with attempted murder linked to an armed robbery that went wrong last summer.The Apprentice winner Sian Gabbidon praised by fans as she lands £250,000 prize
The attack is still under investigation.
The Paris prosecutor’s office said two people who were close to Chekatt were released from custody on Sunday ‘in the absence of incriminating elements at this stage.’
Only one of the seven people authorities detained while searching for Chekatt was still being held.
Chekatt’s parents and two of his brothers, who were held for questioning for several days, were released on Saturday.