Boettcher had been waiting at a tram stop when he was kicked in the head and knifed on the night of 8 February 1997. - AP, Magdeburg
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About 1,000 left-wing youths marched in Magdeburg to protest against neo-Nazi violence on the first anniversary of the murder of a teenager who strayed into right-wing turf. During the march, from the train station to the graveyard where Frank Boettcher is buried, demonstrators threw rocks at police and journalists and broke windows. A massive police presence, however, prevented fights between left-wingers and neo-Nazi groups in the east German town.