Emsdetten residents pray after school shooting

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22 November 2006, Emsdetten, Germany (dpa) - Residents of Emsdetten, a German town of 30,000 that was scarred this week by a school shooting and suicide, prayed together Wednesday as five victims recovered from gunshot wounds. Many of the 500 who packed the town's St Pancratius Catholic church also prayed for the soul of Sebastian Bosse, 18, who used three replica antique guns to spray bullets round the playground of his former school on Monday, then shot himself dead in the mouth. The community had earlie

22 November 2006

Emsdetten, Germany (dpa) - Residents of Emsdetten, a German town of 30,000 that was scarred this week by a school shooting and suicide, prayed together Wednesday as five victims recovered from gunshot wounds.

Many of the 500 who packed the town's St Pancratius Catholic church also prayed for the soul of Sebastian Bosse, 18, who used three replica antique guns to spray bullets round the playground of his former school on Monday, then shot himself dead in the mouth.

The community had earlier drawn around Bosse's parents and younger brother and sister, who were shattered by his bloody suicide.

Many students from the Geschister Scholl high school attended the ecumenical church service in Emsdetten, close to the Dutch border.

Referring to the bitter farewell message Bosse left on a website, Catholic bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst said, "We are appalled that someone could be in such despair," adding that children and teachers had been confronted with a hate they could not understand.

Saying hate was not the answer, others at the service voiced pity for Bosse, a loner whose hobbies were live action and computer warfare games and who had worked part-time in a warehouse after leaving school.

Many residents said they were just thankful that no one else had been killed. A total of 37 people were injured by gunshots, fumes from Bosse's smoke bombs or in the panic.

Prosecutor Wolfgang Schweer said meanwhile that other players in combat games in the woods filmed by Bosse had been interviewed by police, but none had been involved in the school shooting.

He said Bosse obtained two of the weapons, muzzle loaders that had to be primed with gunpowder, legally from an online shop.

DPA

Subject: German news

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