Hanau (dpa / lhe) - On the anniversary of the racially motivated attack in Hanau, relatives commemorated the nine deaths in the city's main cemetery on Friday.

Around 500 relatives and citizens of Hanau came together at an ensemble of honorary graves.

Ferhat Unvar, Hamza Kurtović and Said Nesar Hashemi are buried there.

The ensemble also includes memorial stones for the other six victims of Mercedes Kierpacz, Sedat Gürbüz, Gökhan Gültekin, Kaloyan Velkov, Vili Viorel Păun and Fatih Saraçoğlu.

A 43-year-old German shot her late in the evening of February 19 last year in several places in the city for racist motives.

For the anniversary, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Hesse's Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) are expected in Hanau in the evening to commemorate the victims together with survivors and families.

In addition to the Lord Mayor of Hanau, Claus Kaminsky (SPD), the former national striker Rudi Völler will also take part in the event as an honorary citizen of the city.

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