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Cop lost new wife in school carnage.

ONE of the first cops at the German school massacre was told his new wife was among the dead.

Police yesterday hailed Michaela K as a heroine who tried to stop crazed gunman Tim Kretschmer getting to her pupils.

She had married cop Andreas just six weeks before Tuesday's rampage at Albertville secondary school in Winnenden.

Only their first names and initials were released under Germany's strict media laws.

The policeman tried to continue to do his job but was overcome with grief. Friends said he is "broken".

A colleague said: "They married at a civil ceremony and their church wedding was planned for May. The invitations were in the post when he heard the news."

Michaela was one of three teachers killed at the school, where Kretschmer also shot dead nine pupils with his father's Beretta pistol.

Michaela, 26, died with her colleagues Nina M, 24, and Meike S.

A police spokesman said: "These women were very brave and displayed a selfless courage in trying to protect the children in their care."

Pupil Danil B, 14, told how Nina stood between him and the gunman.

He said: "She was between me and the door. She was hit and fell down. Her eyes were wide open but she was dead.

"And she just lay there. My schoolmates still tried to put a pressure bandage on her but it was too late."

Sixteen people, including Kretschmer, died in the horror. The 17-year-old was in and out of psychiatric institutions five times last year.

His parents were yesterday allowed to view his body. His gun collector father could face manslaughter charges.

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