Jürgen Ponto
Jürgen Ponto, was a German
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 banker and chairman of the Dresdner Bank
Dresdner Bank
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 board of directors. Previously, he had worked as a lawyer
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. He was assassinated by members of the Red Army Faction
Red Army Faction
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 in events leading up to the German Autumn
German Autumn
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On Sunday 30 July 1977, Ponto and his wife Ignes were at their Oberursel
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 packing for a vacation
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 in Rio de Janeiro
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 but were also expecting a visit from Susanne Albrecht
Susanne Albrecht
Susanne Albrecht is a former member of the Red Army Faction.-Early life:Albrecht was the daughter of a successful maritime lawyer, and spent her childhood living in a wealthy suburb of Hamburg. She did not fit in well in public school, and was later sent to a private school in Holzminden...

, the daughter of a good friend of the Pontos. She arrived at around 17:10, with two strangers, later identified to be Brigitte Mohnhaupt
Brigitte Mohnhaupt
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 and Christian Klar
Christian Klar
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. Albrecht gave Ignes a bouquet
Flower bouquet
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 of red roses
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, and all the guests were invited into the living room, where Ignes left them alone with Ponto.

From the living room, raised voices were heard and then gunshots. It is thought that Albrecht and her accomplices attempted to kidnap Ponto, and after he resisted they shot him. He was shot five times and later died of his serious wounds. The three killers fled the villa, and escaped with their getaway driver Peter-Jürgen Boock
Peter-Jürgen Boock
Peter-Jürgen Boock is a former member of the Red Army Faction.-Earlier life:After completing secondary school, Boock began training as a mechanic but soon quit. Claiming that his father was a staunch Nazi, Boock then left his parents’ home and travelled to the Netherlands...

. The killers took responsibility for the murder in the name of Roter Morgen (Red Morning).
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