This is the first photo of two pregnant mothers killed by an deranged racist terrorist in the German city of Hanau.
The 35-year-old, identified as Mercedes Kierpacz, had stopped to buy chips and a can of drink in a shop near the shisha bar in the Arena when the murderer Tobias Rathjen rushed in and started shooting at random.
Friends said Mercedes was hit in the chest. She was five months pregnant at the time of her death and had a 16 year old son and a nine year old daughter.
Mercedes Kierpacz, 35, pregnant with a mother of two, was killed with only one bullet in the chest while working in a kiosk near a shisha bar during the Hanau terrorist attack
Mercedes’ broken hearted sisters, Jasmine and Melissa, are pictured with their father Phillip
Mercedes was doing her normal shift in a kiosk – sort of a corner shop – in Hanau near the Arena Bar and Cafe when she was shot dead Wednesday night
It is believed to be the only female victim among the nine people who were killed in fatal fury in two popular places in the city of Hanau, about 12 miles from the city of Frankfurt.
All nine of the victims had migratory origins, claimed the German authorities, and Mercedes was of Polish Roman origins. She was also a German citizen.
Mercedes was a regular employee of the Arena bar, but was not at work at the time of filming and was visiting instead to see friends.
Sisters Jasmine and Melissa cried silently as they placed flowers outside the Arena Shish bar in the Kettlestadt district near where she was killed.
They were comforted by Father Phillip who said to Mail Online: “My daughter had everything to live for and was taken by an evil man.”
She was returning home to a nearby apartment building when she was killed.
Jasmine, 28, told MailOnline: ‘My sister was five months pregnant. He was looking forward to having another child.
‘It’s not right. Why did he lose his life? It did not harm anyone and has now been taken by us. ‘
Jasmine sat next to her younger sister Melissa on a bench not far from the kiosk 24/7, where Mercedes lost her life.
He said Mercedes was a single mom and that his two children were now cared for by close family members.
‘We are from the Roma community and they will help and take care of them. They know what happened and will have to live with it for the rest of their lives. “
Dad Phillip, 59, said his daughter lived less than half a mile from the shooting scene.
‘She was returning home and stopped to buy some chips and a cola. It was something he did regularly.
‘Because this man has to commit suicide. She didn’t hurt him. It is wrong that such an evil man can do it. ‘
Sister Melissa wiped her tears as she remembered her “loving and kind sister”.
“He would do anything for his family,” said Melissa.
‘I can’t believe it was taken by us. We were close as a sister and she was robbed by us. The world is not fair. ‘
The Kierpacz family laid flowers in a passageway leading to the Arena shish lounge.
Gokhan Gultekin (above), an employee of the Arena bar, and Ferhat Unvar, another employee of the bar who was not at work at the time of the attack, were also killed.
Bilal Gokce (left) and Sedat Gürbüz (right) were also killed. All nine of the dead had migratory origins, including Mercedes, who was Polish Roma
A friend named Jade added: ‘They shot her in the chest. I didn’t want to believe it, but then I saw videos of her family crying and screaming. “
He described Mercedes as a strong personality but someone who was very “open and nice”.
His death was confirmed by the Central Council of the Roma community.
Prime Minister Romani Rose said: ‘The Central Council and all Sinti and Roma in Germany mourn with their relatives mourn with their relatives for the murdered young woman, the mother of two children.
“We mourn them all and the victims of the right-wing terrorist attack.”
A cousin named Ali said to the local media: ‘Our pain is immeasurable. Germany must remain united now. We never thought that something would happen in this country which is our home.
‘We don’t have to start a war now, we have to stay calm.’
The Shish bar and the adjacent 24 / 7kiosk are located under an eight-story high-rise apartment building.
The police had raised a cordon around the shooting scene, but most of the other shops in the area had remained closed.
Local residents visited a makeshift shrine to pay tribute and light a candle.
A local resident who left with tears streaming down her face said: ‘I didn’t know those who died, but it’s so foolish. I had to come and light a candle in their memory. ‘
The police forensic team continued to work inside the room where at least four of the victims were killed.
While the police continued their investigations into the shooting and the bizarre poster published by the 43-year-old, the funeral of other victims had already taken place according to Muslim tradition.
Rathjen killed his 72-year-old mother and committed suicide to end the night of terror in the city of Hanau.
Among the victims is Ferhat Ünvar, the 22-year-old son of an employee of the Kurdish newspaper “Yeni Özgür Politika” in Neu-Isenburg, near Frankfurt.
His cousin said he was hit twice during the attack and that his funeral took place on Thursday.
Terrorist Tobias Rathjen launched a gun attack on two shisha bars in his hometown of Hanau on Wednesday night after placing an online poster in favor of ethnic cleansing
Six people were also injured in the attack, one of whom is said to have been in critical condition on Thursday (pictured, police and forensic officers outside one of the bars)
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in the center and Governor Volker Bouffier on the left laid flowers near the scene while condemning the racist attack
Friends said he recently qualified as a plumber and heating engineer.
The owner of the midnight bar, where the rampage started on Wednesday evening, was also among those killed.
Sedat Gurbuz was killed with one of his Gokhan Gultekin waiters.
Both men were of Turkish origin. Eyewitnesses reported that three men who eat at a table were killed before Gurbuz and Gultekin were killed.
A spokesman for the Turkish embassy in Berlin said he understood that five of the dead men were Turkish.
Fatih Saracoglu and Bilal Gokce were also named among those who died at the midnight bar.
Two other victims were Kurds, while another came from Bulgaria and the youngest from Bosnia.
The victims were named Agri Eleskirtli, Kolayan Velkov, 32, from Bulgaria and Hamza Kurtovic, 20, from Bosnia.
Relatives of Kurtovic, of Prijedor, said that he lived in the same district as his assassin and would have known him.