However, there are currently competing theories concerning the motivation behind what appears to be a politically motivated assassination:
German investigators have revealed that a popular regional political leader found dead in his garden was killed by a bullet fired at close range. They have launched a criminal inquiry into the death of Walter Lübcke, the 65-year-old head of the regional council in the city of Kassel.
Suicide has been ruled out but police say they have no motive…. Lübcke was a leading local member of Mr Bouffier’s ruling centre-right CDU in the central German state, running the authority in one of Hesse’s three regional areas for the past decade.
He came to national prominence in October 2015 when he spoke out in favour of providing accommodation for refugees. Germany had decided to let in Syrians fleeing the civil war, and big numbers of asylum seekers were crossing Germany’s borders on a daily basis.
He reportedly received death threats and was given personal protection after telling a rowdy town hall meeting they had to stand up for Christian values. “Whoever does not support these values can leave this country any time, if he doesn’t agree. This is the freedom of every German,” he said.
It sounds like he may have angered both sides. Based on what they’re reporting, it could be ultras, could be Muslims, could be Antifa. Regardless, it’s almost certainly not going to be the last incident of its kind in Germany, given how many Germans have suffered at the hands of asylum seekers.