Exchange student slain in Missoula honored at service in Germany

2014-05-05T09:32:00Z 2014-08-13T07:25:11Z Exchange student slain in Missoula honored at service in GermanyThe Associated Press The Associated Press
May 05, 2014 9:32 am  • 

BERLIN — More than 500 people attended a memorial service Sunday for a 17-year-old German exchange student who was shot dead a week ago in Missoula.

Friends, family, the mayor and American diplomats assembled at a mosque in Hamburg to wish farewell to Diren Dede, who was fatally shot by a Grant Creek resident.

The coffin was put up on a table in the park of the mosque and draped with German and Turkish flags. Dede is the son of Turkish immigrants and will be buried on Monday in Bodrum, Turkey.

Missoula homeowner Markus Kaarma fired four blasts from a shotgun into his garage, killing Dede, who was inside. Kaarma faces a charge of deliberate homicide.

It's not clear what the teen was doing in the garage. His death has ignited a debate over Montana's so-called castle doctrine.

Dede was attending classes as a junior at Big Sky High School, was on the school's soccer team and lived in a nearby home.

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