Israel's embassy in Berlin says an Israeli man who was found killed in a ruined church had approached it last week to seek help in buying a plane ticket home.

The body of the man, who police said Thursday has been identified as 22-year-old Yosi Damari, was found by passers-by early Sunday morning in central Berlin. He had suffered massive head injuries.

A Berlin rabbi has said Damari approached the Jewish community on Friday asking for food and a place to sleep. The Israeli Embassy said Damari contacted it the same day seeking help in contacting his family so that they could help him buy a plane ticket to Israel.

Berlin police said that they believe he was killed on Saturday evening and they are investigating "in all directions."