The two young boys who were murdered by their Albanian dad in Germany had reportedly alerted cops about their father’s violent behaviour a year before they were killed.
The shocking incident took place in the small town of Glinde near the northern German city of Hamburg on 25th December.
Police currently investigating the shooting believe the father, named as Flamur Rexha, 44, shot his two sons before shooting his wife and then himself on Boxing Day (26th December).
The Albanian dad is believed to have murdered his two boys and seriously injured his wife before turning the gun on himself.
And new details have surfaced, including that the wife managed to call the police after the shooting, and that the two young boys reportedly called the cops on their dad in 2020 over his violent behaviour.
The two boys are said to have called the police in March 2020 during a heated argument between their parents, according to German daily Bild.
Sabine Schmidt, from the local Youth Welfare Office (Jugendamt), is quoted as saying: “As a result, on 24th March, 2020, we received a report from the police about domestic violence in the family.”
She said that the authority sought to talk with family, with Schmidt adding: “When we get such a message, we talk to everyone involved.
“The parents were very understanding. We did not have any evidence that the parents had psychological problems. We also did not find any indications of any risk to the children’s welfare.”
And the alarm was raised – too late – by the neighbours of the family, who were ethnic Albanians from Kosovo, after the dad shot his two children in the head and seriously injured his wife before taking his own life.
The neighbours heard gunshots from the block of flats where the family lived, according to the police. The two unnamed boys, aged 11 and 13, and their parents were all found with gunshot wounds.
The emergency services arrived on the scene and declared the two children dead. The 44-year-old father died of his injuries a short while later.
The man’s wife, Advije Rexha, 38, was taken to hospital. She was last said to be in an induced coma, with her life not believed to be in danger.
A spokesperson for the prosecutor’s office said at the time: “We assume that they are the biological parents and that they were also married.”
The spokesperson also added at the time that no previous convictions were known and that the incident may have been motivated by family problems. Neighbours reportedly said that the father, a craftsman, was quick-tempered.
The investigation is still ongoing.