Diren Dede was a 17-year-old high school exchange student from Germany living in the small town of Missoula, Montana. On April 27, 2014, he was shot and killed in a stranger’s garage. The man holding the gun, Markus Kaarma, said it was self-defense. “It was either kill or be killed,” he said.
Diren’s best friend Robbie said Diren was no criminal. He told police that Diren was “garage hopping.” Diren was looking for alcohol in Kaarma’s garage. Kaarma was convicted of “deliberate murder.” He was sentenced to 70 years in prison. To make matters worse for the Dede family, Kaarma hasn’t shown any remorse. According to The Missoulian, “the police department has been monitoring Kaarma’s conversations from jail, where he apparently ‘relishes the notoriety of being a murderer.'”Dateline NBC will discuss the murder of Dede and the prosecution of Kaarma on April 30 at 10pm.