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Kelsey Chang's classmate, Naperville woman Eva Liu, died in the attack

Tuesday, 20 June 2023 03.28

You graduate from the hospital after a deadly attack near a German castle

BERLIN — Police in southern Germany said Monday that an American tourist who was pushed over a cliff during an attack near the Neuschwanstein castle in which his 21-year-old friend was killed had been released from hospital.

Kelsey Chang, a 22-year-old woman from Illinois, had tried to stop a 30-year-old Michigan man from allegedly assaulting her friend, Eva Liu, after luring them onto a walkway that led to a viewpoint overlooking the famous castle, which attracted more than one million tourists every year.

The older woman fell nearly 50 meters (165 feet) down a steep slope but was able to leave hospital on Friday, said police spokesman Holger Stabik.

The two women were found by mountain rescuers shortly after Wednesday's attack, but the younger victim later succumbed to his injuries in hospital. Liu is a graduate of the University of Illinois from Naperville.

The suspect, whose name has not been released due to German privacy rules, was arrested shortly after the incident. He was detained on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and attempted sexual assault.

Stabik said police had received about two dozen photos and videos on a specially created website and asked anyone with additional images of the suspect and victim to come forward.

Prosecutors said the women did not know the man until the incident occurred.

A spokesperson for the district attorney's office in Kempten, Thomas Hrmann, said investigations into the incident were continuing but it could be three or four months before authorities decided on charges.

ABC7 Chicago contributed to this report.

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