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Tram kills city man at Munich Oktoberfest

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A Canadian tourist killed by a tram in Munich during Oktoberfest has been identified by family as Les Mulholland, 26, of Winnipeg.

"We just wished him well Thursday," said his sister, Iris Murray, in Thompson, where her brother grew up. "They were there for Oktoberfest."

She said her brother, a jail guard, was travelling with a buddy.

"They were on a three-week tour," she said. They were planning to travel next to Ireland and Scotland on their own, not as part of a guided tour.

The family is devastated by Mulholland's death.

Her younger brother's death follows their sister's passing last year. Maxine Mulholland, 29, died unexpectedly in 2011 from a medical condition, said Murray.

What's made the latest bad news even worse is a story in the German press reporting he was intoxicated and stumbled into the path of a train.

"That's inaccurate," said Murray. "Hundreds of people were there" for the annual festival, and on the streets next to the rail lines running through Munich without barriers herding pedestrians away from trains. Her brother was unfamiliar with the motor-vehicle system there, she said.

"It was simply an accident." An autopsy was to be performed Tuesday, said Murray. The Department of Foreign Affairs is keeping the family informed of the investigation, she said.

 

-- staff

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 3, 2012 B2

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