The scene is unbearably violent. A 15-year-old boy was severely beaten on January 15 in Paris and still hospitalized in serious condition. On the images filmed by the surveillance cameras, we see a dozen young people in sports clothes and hooded jackets beating down on him with kicks and bat or stick, before abandoning him lying there. Several questions remain unanswered in this affair which arouses great emotion.
- Assault by a band on the Beaugrenelle slab
The facts took place on January 15 around 6.30 p.m. on the slab of Beaugrenelle (Paris 15th). Yuriy was playing with four other college kids when a bunch of older kids – about ten – pounced on them to attack them, according to the mother’s account in Le Figaro. Yuriy’s friends manage to escape but the teenager stumbles.
While he is on the ground, the attackers attack him with rare violence: punches, iron bars, hammers. The scene lasts about twenty seconds, according to the images of the surveillance camera. The attackers then fled, leaving him for dead.
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His mother found Yuriy “in horrible condition” in the fire engine that came to rescue him. “It hurts very, very badly when you see your child begging you not to let him die”, she confides on BFMTV. “Yuriy had his nose, arm, shoulders, ribs and fingers broken. But above all he had his skull broken in several places. He had an operation (of) more than six hours, he was in the coma for more than a week, ”she explains.
“When I arrived, he was still conscious. He told me that he was afraid of dying and that he had to be avenged”, she also explains in The Parisian. “Her face no longer had a human form,” said an employee of a supermarket near the scene of the attack.
His state of health is improving. “Yuriy is better, he starts to wake up, to want to talk to us, to move, and that’s a very good sign,” the mother said on BFMTV on Saturday, in front of the Necker hospital.
“The prognosis is quite encouraging as he has started to move his arms and hands so he will not be paralyzed,” she explained. “Now we don’t know how we’re going to find him. Will he remember us, being able to talk, work, play football, like before? Nobody can say that because it’s too early”.
- Blur on the grounds for the assault
“The police headquarters are increasing the number of patrols and trying to find the perpetrators in an extremely active way”, for his part declared on BFMTV the mayor (LR) of the 15th arrondissement, Philippe Goujon, calling on witnesses not to be “afraid of talk and say what they saw “. An investigation has been opened for attempted intentional homicide, according to franceinfo. No arrests have yet taken place.
“It’s unprecedented, we had never dealt with such significant violence”, declared on France Blue Paris, Philippe Goujon, the mayor of the 15th arrondissement. “There are groups of young people who do their little things on the slab, it can be petty trafficking, petty theft. This is the reason why I had cameras installed “, explains the elected Republicans.
Strong emotion and wave of support
Several celebrities including footballer Antoine Griezmann and actor Omar Sy were moved Saturday by the fate of the teenager. “Unbearable images. Force yourself Yuriy and get well,” Antoine Griezmann tweeted on Saturday.
“Good recovery to you Yuriy, I think of you and yours”, for his part wrote Omar Sy on the social network. “Images as violent as they are unbearable. By a fucking bunch of cowards! All my support for Yuriy and his family”, for his part tweeted swimmer Amaury Leveaux.
“An attack of incredible savagery”, a “foul act”, for its part denounced, still on Twitter, the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin, while an investigation for “attempted murder in a meeting” has been opened.
“There will be no impunity for the perpetrators of Yuriy’s aggression. The Paris prosecutor’s office and the investigation services are fully mobilized. All our thoughts are obviously with this young man and his family,” said the Minister of Justice Eric Dupond-Moretti.
“This barbaric aggression must not go unpunished. All my solidarity with her family and loved ones,” Elisabeth Moreno, Minister for Equality, also said on Twitter.
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