Berlin Pays Tribute to Last Person Shot Crossing Wall





Berlin paid tribute Thursday to the last person shot trying to cross the Berlin Wall. Chris Gueffroy died in a hail of bullets as he tried to flee East Germany on the night of Feb. 5-6, 1989. He was the last person to fall victim to the East German policy of shooting people trying to flee across the Berlin Wall -- although more were to die trying to escape from East Germany before the borders were opened on Nov. 9, 1989.

Gueffroy's mother, Karin Gueffroy, lit a candle to her dead son at a service marking the 20th anniversary of her son's death Thursday in Berlin's Chapel of Reconciliation, which is located on the site of the former Berlin Wall "death strip." Gueffroy was just 20 years old when he died.



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