Munich is commemorating the victims of the OEZ shooting rampage from Friday, July 2016. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joachim Gauck both attended the ecumenical memorial service Munich’s Frauenkirche, which began this afternoon, July 31, 2016, merkur.de reports. Bavarian Prime Minister Horst Seehofer and Munich’s Mayor Dieter Reiter were also present. Next to a Catholic and Protestant bishop, an Islamic there will also be a Islamic speaker, as seven of the nine victims killed by the shooter during the rampage were Muslims.
Bavarian public television (Bayerischer Rundfunk) is broadcasting live from the service and will also be broadcasting live from the commemoration at the Bavarian Parliament (Bayerischer Landtag) which is set for 6pm and at which the mentioned politicians will also be present. The families of the victims have also been invited and the German President is set to speak with them in person.
On Friday, July 22, 2016 a shooting occurred in the vicinity of the Olympia shopping mall. Ten people, including the gunman, were killed and 35 were injured. The shooting took began at a McDonald's restaurant near the shopping mall. Officials identified the lone gunman as an 18-year-old German of Iranian descent from Munich who later committed suicide.