International focus has turned to Malatya, the scene two days ago of a violent murder, where three men who worked at the Zirve Publishing House printing and distributing Bibles were killed in a knife attack by 5 assailants. Two of the men, Ugur Yuksel amd Necati Aydin, were born Muslim, but later changed their religions to Christianity.
Meanwhile, the wife of a third victim in the killings, German native Tilmann Geske, told reporters yesterday that she also forgave the killers for their deeds, and that she wished to bury her husband in Malatya despite the incident which ended his life. Said Suzanna Geske: "I am deeply sorrowed by this awful event, but my husband is with God. I am serene." Geske, who speaks Turkish and has lived with her husband and children in Malatya since 2003, said "I want to bury my husband in Malatya. Officials from the German Embassy are coming here. After they come and we talk, I will make my decision. I really love Malatya, and would like to stay here." Tilmann Geske leaves behind 3 young children.