The cousin of the #Polish
for Monday’s #terrorist
on a #Berlin
said his family had been inundated with offers of financial #support
, as a #campaign
him with #Germany’s
(Order of Merit) gathered pace.
was found shot #dead
in the cabin of the truck after the attack, which killed another 11 people and left dozens more injured. Investigators who have analysed the wounds on #Urban’s
body believe he must have #fought
with the hijacked vehicle’s driver until the moment the juggernaut ploughed into the busy Christmas market in #Breitscheidplatz
, possibly in an #attempt
the truck’s #course
and avoid further loss of life.
After initially heading straight down a busy lane on the northern edge of the Christmas market by the Kaiser Wilhelm #memorial
, the truck took a left turn and came to a standstill outside the market.
A postmortem report is expected to clarify whether the Polish driver was shot before or during the attack.
Urban, 37, leaves a #wife
and a 17-year-old #son
. According to his cousin #ArielŻurawski
, who also owns the truck company, Urban had said in their last conversation that he wanted to return to #Poland
by Thursday, in time for #Christmas
. “He wanted to buy his wife a Christmas present,” Żurawski said.
In a #Facebook
post on Thursday, #Żurawski
said he had been contacted by a vast number of people inquiring how they could support Urban’s #family
financially. “We are grateful for every good word, every deed and every bit of help. It is incredible how much strength there is in people.”
A Go Fund Me webpage raising money for Urban’s family
has received £80,000 in pledges in the two days since its launch, and a petition to award the driver Germany’s order of merit, the Bundesverdienstkreuz,
had gathered over 6,000 signatures by last night.
Constanze Stelzenmüller, a security policy analyst at the #Brookings
Institution who set up the #petition
, told the Guardian: “I’ve never written a petition before and never thought I would. But this #man
is a #hero
. And I’ve seen social media put to use all through the year for the nastiest and most depressing purposes. It’s time to use it for good, and perhaps to help Urban’s widow and son, who have to spend Christmas without him.”https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/22/berlin-christmas-market-attack-polish-truck-driver-lukasz-urban-germany-order-merit
Campaign gathers pace to award Łukasz Urban, who was shot dead during struggle with the hijacker behind Berlin attack