According to one report, a 24-year-old German student working as a waitress was identified as one of four murdered by ISIS in Vienna, an attacker her friends described as “utterly evil”.
Vanessa Preger-McGillivray, 24, was shot down at the Salzamt restaurant, where she worked to fund her studies in the Austrian capital, Daily Mail reported.
Friends and students gathered on Thursday at the diner, where they laid flowers, held hands and hugged each other in tears in tribute to the young woman from Munich described as a sculptor and dancer. passionate ballet.
“She is working to support herself and her studies. Now, her life was cut short in this horrible way, ”one person mourned, according to the store̵7;s source. “It is an absolute tragedy and a pure work of evil.”
Gerald Bast, president of the College of Applied Arts where Preger-McGillivray attended, described the attack by 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai as an injustice that would leave “a deep mark”.
Another student, he said, was seriously injured in the riot and had surgery.
“Words cannot describe the injustice of these events. All of our empathy, grief, and compassion go to the family and friends of the deceased. All our thoughts and wishes are directed to the injured student, “he said, according to the Daily Mail.
Meanwhile, Li Quang, 39, a Chinese man who owns two restaurants, was also identified as one of the dead. According to Chinese officials, he has lived in Austria for more than 25 years.
Also killed was Nexhip Vrenezi, a 21-year-old Muslim who was shot four times outside a pub, the British newspaper reported.
On Wednesday, mourners in his hometown of Korneuburg, about 15 miles from Vienna, gathered to mourn the young man outside the town hall.
“You are one of the best people I have ever known. You will always be a part of my heart, ”one young woman attending the prayer service wrote in a letter left at the website.
“You are a kind person, you are one of the few truly loyal people, you are funny, crazy, disturbing – what a good person!” she added.
His former teacher, Helene Fuchs-Moser, told the German Bild: “It’s sad. I’m shocked. I still miss him very well. He’s a cheerful, kind guy. And yes, a Muslim [himself]. “
Vrenezi just returned after six months with the Austrian army and is considering a career in medicine.
“He’s gone and many of his friends are crying because he would have done so many good things for the world like being a doctor or something,” said a friend. “We are trying to help him with love and all are his big brother. But Nexhip’s life has been wasted by this pig ”.
Meanwhile, on Friday, German police said they were raiding apartments and offices due to possible links to Fejzulai, Agence France-Presse reported.
The federal criminal agency said locations searched in the northeastern part of the country belonged to four people “not believed to be involved in the attack”.
“But there may be links to the alleged killer,” it added on Twitter. “Two of the individuals are believed to have met the suspected attacker in July 2020 in Vienna.”
The Austrian Interior Minister said eight of the 16 people detained after Monday night’s attacks had previous convictions.
Four of them have been convicted for crimes related to terrorism, two for violence and two for attempting to “honor murder,” Interior Minister Karl Nehammer told reporters.
“We have extensive cooperation with the FBI,” added Nehammer, which provided Austrian authorities with “valuable information” without elaborating.