25-year-old trans man Malte C., who was seriously injured in a brutal attack on Saturday night during the CSD Pride in Munster, died early this morning, police said. This incident shocked many in Munster and throughout Germany.
According to witness statements, Malte C. allegedly tried to help women who were threatened by an unknown man at the Pride, writes Queer.de. As the police said, the 25-year-old asked the man to stop insulting him, after which the man hit him hard on the head.
Malte C. lost consciousness and hit his head on the asphalt and spent his last days in an induced coma. On Monday, the police established an investigative commission for this case.
The suspect fled
The suspect fled on foot with a companion.
Witnesses described him as a young man between 18 and 20 years old, with a weak build and a height between 1.70 and 1.80 meters. He had a beard and wore baggy jeans, a short-sleeved T-shirt, and a cap. They state that his companion was of the same age, also a man and that he was wearing a white T-shirt.
The police are again appealing to witnesses to contact the officers in order to identify the perpetrator or his companion.
The German government’s LGBTQ+ commissioner, Sven Lehmann, expressed shock at the death. He wrote on Twitter: "Malte has died following a hate attack at the CSD Münster. I’m stunned and sad. My condolences and deep sympathy go to his family and friends."
He said in a statement: "The death of the young man shocks me deeply. We are infinitely sad. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends." Mr. Lewe added: "This attack against a queer person is terrible. He concerns us all.
Our urban society is cosmopolitan and tolerant and will continue to fight to be a safe place for marginalized people." Nyke Slawik, who became one of the first transgender members of Germany’s parliament in 2021, paid tribute on Twitter and said she was ‘in deep sorrow’ over the news.