The son of German ex-president Richard von Weizsäcker stabbed to death while giving a lecture on Berlin, Tuesday night. Confirmed by the local police.
Fritz von Weizsäcker, 59 years old and a medical doctor. He was delivering a lecture at Schlosspark-Klinik hospital in the West Berlin district of Charlottenburg.
At around 7 pm a man approached von Weizsäcker in the lecture room and stabbed him with a knife. von Weizsäcker died at the scene despite the efforts to save him. Police said that a 57-year-old German was arrested.
A 33-year-old off-duty police officer overpowered the attacker. Authorities said the man is now in custody.
The police officer required medical treatment because of his serious injuries. Gladly, his injuries are not life-threatening.
The police have launched a murder investigation but the possible motive of the attacker was still pretty unclear. The suspect is due to appear before a local judiciary on Wednesday.
The son of German ex-president Richard von Weizsäcker
Fritz Von Weizsäcker specialized in internal medicine and gastroenterology.
Von Weizsäcker began his career as a resident at the University Medical Center at the University of Freiburg. He studied and worked at a number of hospitals overseas including Harvard Medical School in Boston and the University Hospital in Zurich.
Since 2005, he held the position of chief physician of the department of internal medicine at Schlosspark-Klinik.
He was one of the former president’s four children. Richard von Weizsäcker held the largely ceremonial position of president between 1984 and 1990 and he was in post during the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s reunification.
As one of the country’s most respected heads of state, he is remembered of course for his thoughtful speeches, including an address in 1985 when he warned against forgetting Germany’s past in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II.