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German police identifies teen murderer of Ukrainian basketball player

German police
German police

The German police has established that a 15-year-old student of German-Turkish descent from Gelsenkirchen is responsible for stabbing 17-year-old Ukrainian basketball player Volodymyr Yermakov to death in Dusseldorf, German newspaper Bild reported on Feb. 12.

According to the report, around 8:00 p.m. on Feb. 11, Yermakov was returning home with his 18-year-old teammate Artem Kozachenko. On the bus, they got into an argument with a group of teenagers. When the athletes got off the bus near the train station, the teenagers attacked them, armed with knives.

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The assault was caught on CCTV. On Feb. 12, German police detained two suspects.

According to the journalists, the main suspect is a 15-year-old schoolboy of German-Turkish descent from Gelsenkirchen. He had previously committed several assaults and robberies.

The second is a 14-year-old schoolboy of German-Greek origin from Herne, who is also known to police. The first was arrested, the second was handed over to his parents.

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Yermakov and Kozachenko played for the ART Giants Düsseldorf U19 basketball team.

Yermakov was a member of the Ukrainian U-16 national team and played at the 2022 European Championships in Bulgaria.

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