Wife and kids killed in murder-suicide after dad forged vaccine card

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A man allegedly killed his family and then himself amid fears he would be arrested for acquiring a fake Covid vaccination certificate for his wife.

On Saturday, the body of the 40-year-old man, only identified at Devid R, was found alongside his wife and their children, aged 10, eight and four, at their home in Koenigs Wusterhausen, just outside Berlin, authorities say. 

All the family members had gunshot wounds and a note was found by police.

A message and soft toys are placed at a fence in front oh a family home in Koenigs Wusterhausen, Germany, Friday, Dec. 5, 2021.
German investigators say a man suspected of killing his family and then himself left a note indicating that he was afraid of being arrested after procuring a fake vaccination certificate for his wife. Source: dpa via AP

The note said Devid had forged a vaccination for his wife so she could go to work, Prosecutor Gernot Bantleon said, Reuters reports. 

However, the wife's employer had found out and the couple were worried they would be arrested or lose custody of their children.

Investigators believe Devid shot and killed his wife and three children and then himself.

A gun was found in the house, though it has not yet been determined if it was the weapon used in the murder-suicide.

There was no indication anyone else was at the home at the time of the deaths, or evidence to suggest someone forced their way into the home.

Mayor of Königs Wusterhausen, Michaela Wiezorek, said the deaths left her "stunned" and passed on condolences to those who knew the family, newspaper Berliner Kurier reports.

A forensic scientist goes to a single-family house in Senzig, a district of the town of Koenigs Wusterhausen in the Dahme-Spreewald district, Saturday, Dec.4, 2021
Police have found five dead bodies in a home and are assuming it is a homicide, a spokesman said. Source: dpa via AP

The deaths come after Germany moved to bar unvaccinated people from nonessential stores, restaurants and sports and cultural venues.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said the steps were necessary to address concerns that hospitals could become overrun with patients suffering from Covid infections, which are much more likely to be serious in people who have not been vaccinated.

Daily Covid cases in Germany spiked in late November, peaking on the 26th, with over 76,000 cases reported in a single day.

At least 68 per cent of people in Germany are fully vaccinated against Covid-19, while the government is aiming for 75 per cent coverage, according to the Associated Press.

With Reuters and Associated Press

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