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US homeowner shoots German exchange student dead

Published on Apr 29, 2014 6:52 AM

MISSOULA, United States (AFP) - A US homeowner who shot and killed a 17-year-old German high school exchange student he suspected of breaking into his garage was charged with homicide on Monday.

The 29-year-old shooter, Markus Kaarma of Missoula, Montana, was taken into custody on Sunday after police found the victim with a gunshot wound to his head, police sergeant Travis Welsh said.

"Initial reports indicate that the male resident encountered an intruder in his garage after an alarm went off, and subsequently shot him with a shotgun," Sgt Welsh said.

Diren Dede, of Hamburg, Germany, was studying at Big Sky High School in Missoula, where he played for a soccer team.

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