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Montana Slaying Angers Germans

In this Oct. 8, 2013, photo, Diren Dede, right, plays in a Big Sky soccer game against Hellgate. Markus Kaarma, 29, was released from jail Monday, April 28, after posting a $30,000 bond on a charge of deliberate homicide in the death of Diren Dede of Hamburg, Germany. (AP Photo/The Missoulian, Tom Bauer)

New details in the case of a slain German exchange student suggest that teenage mischief may have played a role in a Montana shooting that has, once again, put US self-defense laws in the international spotlight. In what’s turned into a peculiar American allegory involving marijuana, enhanced self-defense laws, and suburban crime fears, police say a 29-year-old Forest Service firefighter named Markus Kaarma shot and killed 17-year-old German exchange student Diren Dede on April 27 after the teenager apparently entered Mr. Kaarma’s open garage as part of a “garage-hopping” prank he learned from local Missoula kids, according to what a friend told police/Patrik Jonsson, Christian Science Monitor.  More here.

Question: Can you blame the German for being angry about this senseless slaying?


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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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