Thursday, May 1, 2014
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — The husband and wife who hosted a 17-year-old exchange student killed a block from their Montana home have a message for the citizens of Germany.
Randy Smith and Kate Walker say they want them to know the shooting was by one person and is not reflective of the United States.
Diren Dede was killed early Sunday in the garage of a Missoula homeowner. Markus Kaarma has been charged with deliberate homicide after prosecutors say he fired four shots into the dark garage without warning.
Kaarma plans to plead not guilty and says he was afraid for his life.
A makeshift memorial has appeared on Smith and Walker's lawn. Bottles and cans of Dede's favorite drink, Sprite, are arranged in the shape of his initials, "DD."