The head of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) has spoken of his grief over the deaths of 19 people at a music festival in Duisburg, Germany on July 24, 2010.
The revelers were killed in a stampede at Love Parade. More than 300 people were injured in the tragedy, which has been blamed on poor access to the site and the inadequate response of police and security personnel, according to the Christian Today website.
The head of the EKD, Nikolaus Schneider, said, "We are devastated by the catastrophe in Duisburg and our thoughts are with those who wanted to enjoy the festival, but who lost their lives in such a tragic way."
He added, "We trust in God's promise to us in the Bible, that He is close to the broken-hearted and helps those who are low in spirits."