- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 14, 2009

BERLIN (AP) - Germans still in shock over a shooting rampage that killed 15 people at a school have conducted the first burial service for the victims.

Investigators, meanwhile, continue to try to determine what led 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer to go on a killing rampage in the quiet southern German town of Winnenden on Wednesday.

Kretschmer gunned down students and teachers at his former high school before fleeing on foot and by car, killing three more people, and eventually turning a 9mm Beretta pistol on himself.

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday to bid farewell to Nicole Elisabeth Nalepa, 16, one of eight teenage girls killed in the attack.

More burials are planned expected in the coming week.

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