July 23, 2016 / 3:12 PM / a year ago

Merkel says "mourning with a heavy heart" for Munich shooting victims

German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Chancellery in Berlin after a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany July 23, 2016.Stefanie Loos

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday said she was mourning those killed in the shooting attack in Munich a day earlier, vowing that the security services would do everything to ensure the public was safe.

"We are all - and I'm saying this on behalf of the whole federal government - mourning with a heavy heart for those who will never return to their families," Merkel said.

She added: "To the families, the parents and children for whom everything today seems empty and pointless, I say personally and in the name of many, many people in Germany: we share your pain, we're thinking of you and we're suffering with you."

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Writing by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Erik Kirschbaum

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