Albanian charged with killing Upstate airman in Germany confesses
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 12:16:42 GMT — FRANKFURT, GERMANY (WACH, WCIV )-- The man charged with gunning down U.S. troops at the Frankfurt airport on March 2nd has admitted to the killings. Kosovo Albanian Arid Uka says he killed two U.S. airmen and wounded two others, but insists he doesn't understand why he committed the crime. The 21-year-old temporary letter sorter with the postal service, has admitted targeting Americans when he opened fire with a handgun on a busload of 15 U.S. airmen at Frankfurt's airport who were on their way to deployment in Afghanistan. As his murder trial began Wednesday, Arid Uka said he had become increasingly radicalized by jihad videos online before the shooting. He claims that a video he saw portraying American soldiers raping a Muslim girl made him want to stop U.S. troops from entering Afghanistan. The video turned out to be a Hollywood anti-war film. German officials said that Uka had contact with other radicals through social networking sites and elsewhere, but it appears he was not part of a terrorist organization. Read more Upstate Airman Killed In Germany Shootings 2 US airmen killed, 2 injured in Germany shooting 25-year-old Airman Nicholas Alden of Williamston, South Carolina and Airman First Class Zachary Cuddeback were shot and killed as they were on their way to Afghanistan from Frankfurt.
Cathy Garner told The Associated Press on Thursday that her son, Nick Alden, of Williamston, found out about in February he would be deployed to Afghanistan. The airman previously served a six-month tour in Iraq.
"The fact that some fanatic -- because we don TMt believe the way they believe -- could take the life of my son, who is protecting his country and the rights of those of us who enjoy a free world, that makes me very angry," Garner said.
Garner said her son always wanted to be a police officer growing up.
Both she and her ex-husband are U.S. Army veterans, and she said Alden's decision to become a member of the U.S. Air Force Security Forces was a perfect fit.
"He was a fun boy, a loving boy growing up, and he became a good man," Garner said.
Garner said her son was a loving father and devoted husband.( WCIV contributed to this report.)