Brother of the shooting-intensive perpetrator Nidal R. buried in Berlin – Panorama

Two brothers. Nidal and Mohamed R. had a lot in common. Both were fond of sports, Nidal R. pumped in the gym, Mohamed R. boxed and competed. And both ended up in bad company. First Nidal R. He committed so many crimes from an early age that the authorities in Berlin considered him the most dangerous intensive perpetrator. In 2018, he himself became a victim while out on a weekend at Tempelhofer Feld, a place popular with families. He was shot eight times in front of his wife and children, and the 36-year-old died shortly afterwards at the hospital.

His younger brother Mohamed also fell victim to a violent crime over the weekend. At the Neuköllner Maientage, a well-attended fair in Hasenheide public park, the 25-year-old was traveling with relatives when he got into an argument with another group and a fight broke out. Mohamed R. is said to have drawn a gun, a man stabbed Mohamed R. with a knife. The 25-year-old bled to death.

On Thursday, Mohamed R. was buried in the Muslim part of the New Twelve Apostles Cemetery. And here, too, the fate of the two brothers is similar. Just like at Nidal R’s funeral in the same cemetery, not only did hundreds of men come to the funeral, there were also a number of greats from Berlin’s half-world and underworld. Arafat Abou-Chaker, who is accused in Berlin of attacking rapper Bushido, came with several brothers. Issa R., head of the family, whose members are accused of, among other things, breaking into the jewel room of the Green Vault in Dresden, was there with his entourage.

Both killings are still unsolved. The man who was supposed to have shot Nidal R. was able to escape, and the stolen car with which he had come to the crime scene was later found burnt out. In the case of Mohamed R., there are two suspects, but Berlin police are still looking for witnesses. Only so much is clear: the story of the two brothers is an example of how many things can run out of hand in life when you come in contact with the wrong people and the judiciary eventually has no more power.

No asylum procedure, no work, no prospects

The R. family originally came from the Palestinian territories and lived in Lebanon. When war broke out there, Nidal and Mohamed R’s mother fled to Berlin. Her application for asylum was rejected, she had to return to Lebanon, and later she returned to Germany with her husband and children. The family was not allowed to work and otherwise had no prospects.

At the age of ten, Nidal R. is registered for the first time because he beats two boys, and as a 21-year-old, his criminal record includes more than 80 records. Berlin authorities included him as one of the first cases in the index of intensive offenders, allowing for tighter measures. They are unsuccessful, as are attempts to expel the stateless youth. And then the life of Nidal R. swings at a time between imprisonment and short stays in freedom, which then leads to crimes again.

Contacts with Hells Angels

Several theories are circulating as to why he was shot in broad daylight. One tells that he is said to have insulted an elderly man at a wedding whose family then swore revenge. Another is that he took over a drug dealer from a rival group. What is certain is that Nidal R. did not himself belong to any of the groups associated with organized crime in Berlin, but repeatedly had points of contact with them. He must have had contacts with both the Hells Angels and an extended criminal family.

According to the media in Berlin, the 25-year-old Mohamed R. was also known by the authorities. Like his brother, he had no school qualifications or education and was repeatedly a criminal. His death may be related to his brother. The suspected perpetrators must have described the murder of Nidal R. as correct, which started a spiral of violence. First, Mohamed R. is said to have wounded one of the men with a knife, after which the conflict is said to have escalated into the Neukölln hype.

The funeral, which was accompanied by a large contingent of Berlin police, took place peacefully. According to the cemetery administration, the approximately 800 visitors behaved with respect. However, the spiral of violence is far from over.

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