Ruins of Franciscan Monastery in Berlin.
(photo credit: Wikimedia Commons)
The Israeli Embassy in Berlin confirmed on Wednesday that a man found beaten to death in the city was an Israeli citizen.
German media reported that the body of a 22-year-old was found in the ruins of a Franciscan monastery in Berlin.
Police had originally believed that the victim, discovered Sunday morning, may have been a homeless person.
Investigators subsequently discovered sweatpants in the area with an Israeli passport in the pocket.
The victim was too badly beaten to be identified by the passport photo.
Berlin’s murder commission has started an investigation.
Investigators are searching for anyone who was on the Franciscan monastery grounds anytime between 8 p.m. on Saturday and 6 a.m. on Sunday and who may have seen people who had something to do with the death. Investigators have not arrested any suspects in the apparent murder.
The Chabad rabbi in Berlin, Yehuda Teichtal, said the man to whom the passport belonged was supposed to celebrate the Passover Seder at the local Chabad house on Friday night but never arrived.