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"Mass murders will affect us more frequently"

Erschienen auf "stern.de", 19. Dezember 2012

Von Autorin Ingrid Eißele

Yuri Minasenko’s 16-year-old daughter was killed in the 2009 Winnenden school shooting. The psychiatrist talks about the aftereffects - and parallels with the murders in Newtown.

Dr. Minasenko, how did seeing the pictures from Newtown makes you feel?

For both my wife and myself there was a sense of déjà-vu. All the emotions resurfaced, the entire horror of it. The sequence of events in the tragedy in Newtown was almost identical with ours in Winnenden. At 9:30 a.m., a heavily armed maniac enters a small-town school and kills defenseless children and their teachers, using a parent’s guns.

Did you turn off the news?

I felt it was my duty not to look away. Feeling helpless depresses me. I want to stay involved and see a change for the better.

How do you feel now?

They say time heals all wounds, but it hasn’t happened so far …