The police officers killed at the beginning of the week were commemorated in an ecumenical service in Kusel on Thursday evening.
Because of the current Corona regulation, only a good 100 mourners were allowed in the church. Including family members, friends and colleagues of the killed police officers. Around 700 people watched the broadcast of the service on the market square in front of the town church. Masks were compulsory there.
Many quiet moments during the service
District cantor Tobias Markutzik opened the service at 7 p.m. with piano and singing. Dean Lars Stetzenbach, emergency pastor Christel Wolf and pastor Isabell Aulenbacher then spoke in front of the altar of the town church. “We bring the events, the bewilderment, the sadness, the anger and the shock of the last few days before God. We ask him to let us rest, that he gives us the strength to shape life and our future together with trust,” says Christel Wolf.
“The lights of life of Yasmin and Alexander have gone out brutally”
Dean Lars Stetzenbach added: “A terrible thing happened early Monday morning. Yasmin and Alexander’s lives went out brutally.” And Pastor Isabell Aulenbacher said: “Words are often unable to express how we are doing, what we feel. That’s why we want to be silent with each other, endure the silence and thus perceive and support each other.” As a result, two candles in the sanctuary went out.
During a routine patrol during the night from Sunday to Monday, two police officers from the Kusel police station were killed. The current developments in our live ticker:
“You will never walk alone” at the end
The commemoration came to an end with the passing on of candlelight among those attending the service, the “Our Father” and a prayer by Pastor Sabine Schwenk-Vilov. “If we go out now, we’ll take our candles with us. Whenever we light a candle, the darkness gets a little lighter. Whenever we treat each other with respect, the world gets a little warmer. Whenever we talk about Yasmin and Alexander, we become get their place in our hearts,” says Schwenk-Vilov. At the end of the funeral service, the song “You will never walk alone” was played, followed by a moment of silence.
Also memorial service at the police and nationwide minute of silence
The Rhineland-Palatinate police will also say goodbye to their dead colleagues with a funeral service. Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) and Interior Minister Roger Lewentz (SPD) will take part in the celebration. It will take place on Friday in camera. The state government is also planning an official act of mourning – but the place and time have not yet been determined. There will also be a nationwide minute’s silence at 10 a.m. on Friday.
The 24-year-old prospective police officer and her 29-year-old colleague were shot dead early Monday morning during a routine check near Ulmet. Two suspects are in custody. The police and prosecutors assume that the two suspects poached in the wooded area. They wanted to cover up the poaching by killing the police officers.