Feb 23, 2020 - World

Thousands gather in Germany to mourn 9 killed in racist shooting

Marchers holding flags and signs

Protesters in Hanau, Germany, march with banners and flags of the Syrian region Rojava. Photo: Michael Debets/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images

Approximately 10,000 people marched in the town of Hanau, Germany, Sunday to mourn the deaths of nine victims who were killed by an anti-immigrant gunman last Wednesday, AP reports.

Catch up quick: The attacker killed the nine people — five of which were reportedly Turkish citizens — in Hanau, a suburb of Frankfurt, before turning the gun on his mother and himself. He left behind racist videos and texts in which he called for genocide and claimed that he'd been surveilled since birth.

The big picture: Per AP, this was Germany's third deadly attack inspired by far-right views in just a few months. Since Chancellor Angela Merkel permitted a wave of over 1 million refugees to enter the country during the height of the migrant crisis in 2015, Germany's far-right, anti-immigrant AfD party has seen historic electoral success. It now has representation in all 16 regional parliaments.

In photos

Marchers raise photos, believed to be of the victims, during a vigil. Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP via Getty Images
A woman lighting a candle at the vigil
A woman lights a candle in honor of the victims. Photo: Xinhua/Lu Yang via Getty Images
Mourners marching
Mourners walk through Hanau on Market Square. Photo: Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images.

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