MOSCOW, January 15 (Moscow) – Dresden police are investigating the violent murder of an Eritrean refugee after initially denying that the injuries that led to his death were the result of an assault, the Guardian reports.
According to the New York Times, the 20-year-old's body was discovered by residents of his apartment block with stab wounds to his chest and neck.
"Up to now there are no indications of foul play," German police initially declared on Tuesday. However, following social media activity criticizing the statement as well as inquiries from a local newspaper and members of Germany's Eritrean community, the police launched a murder investigation, according to The Guardian.
"Our determination is that we are dealing with a homicide here, but if the autopsy indicates that we are wrong, I would be glad too that we have to deal something other than a murder," police chief Dieter Kroll told Deutsche Welle.
Khaled Idris Bahray, 20yo refugee, found dead in Dresden. His friends say he was murdered, police say "no evidence". pic.twitter.com/l26pU9dyBM— Emran Feroz (@Emran_Feroz) 14 января 2015
According to the Guardian, local Germans' opinions of the murder were mixed, while some sympathized with the deceased, others expressed disdain for asylum-seekers living in Germany, believing them to be a drain on the country's resources.
The German branch of PEGIDA was founded in Dresden in October 2014. Since then, it has attracted thousands of Germans, including far-right groups and those concerned with immigration. "We demand from OUR justice an exhaustive use of all legal means against self-proclaimed jihadists and hate preachers!," the group's Facebook page claims.
Many in Germany are against the group, with tens of thousands taking to Dresden streets last Saturday with calls for "open mindedness and humanity," Deutsche Welle reported. The city mayor was present, reportedly stating that she was not against PEGIDA protesters, but did not fear people with different-colored skin, different customs or different ways.