Vienna terror attacker’s first victim was man, 21, shot dead leaving pub for cigarette – World News

The first victim of the Vienna terror attack has been named as 21-year-old Nexhip Vrenezi.

The Albanian, a Muslim who lived in Korneuburg, a short drive from Vienna, was shot four times as he left a pub to have a cigarette.

He was among four killed in the terror attack on the eve of Austria’s new lockdown.

Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, went on a bloody rampage throughout the city on Monday night, injuring 22 people including a police officer, before he was shot dead.

The Austrian and North-Macedonian dual citizen had been released from jail in December after being convicted for supporting the Islamic State.



A restaurant door in Vienna riddled with bullet holes in the attack
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A man identified as Fejzulai was pictured posing with weapons on social media before the attack.

Austrian authorities believe Fejzulai acted alone as he attacked six different locations within a small area packed with nightlife.

Tributes were paid to Nexhip outside Korneuburg town hall on Wednesday.

One hand-written note at the vigil read: “You were one of the best people I have known. You will always be a part of my heart.



Kujtim Fejzulai, 20, poses with an AK-47, handgun and machete shortly before the attack
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“You were a good-hearted person, you were one of the few who were really loyal, you were funny, crazy, disturbed – just such a good person.”

His former teacher Helene Fuchs-Moser said: “He was a funny guy, very popular and very nice.
“It’s so sad, I am shocked.”

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One friend said: “He was a good person, the type of friend you needed to speak to every day because he was good for your soul.

“He has gone and many of his friends are crying because he would have done the world so much good like being a doctor or something.



Tributes are left at the scene of the attack
(Image: Phil Harris)

“He and his younger brother were inseparable and played Minecraft and yugijo together. We are trying to help him now with love and all be his big brother.

“But Nexhip’s life has been wasted by this pig.”

It came as it emerged that Fejzulai tried and failed to buy ammunition from neighbouring Slovakia in the summer.

And in another security blunder, Slovakian police said they had immediately alerted Austrian authorities of the attempt.