“Our family is destroyed”: the despair of the relatives of Shemseddine, beaten to death in Viry-Chatillon

Hana’s contact details (his first name has been changed) were recorded in Shemseddine’s correspondence book. So when the Viry-Chatillon (Essonne) police station called her to tell her that her nephew had been lynched on Thursday, April 4, as he left school, she came running. In front of this building hall, on Allée de Menton, where “Shams”, as his relatives nicknamed him, lay, Hana was unable to force the blockade of the police. “They kept me away. They didn’t want me to go near him. I couldn’t reassure him,” this 55-year-old woman collapses. Shemseddine, found semi-conscious, eventually succumbed the next afternoon to his injuries.

Hana had to warn her sister herself, Shams’ mother, who had a 45-minute drive from her work in Évry-Courcouronnes. “She kept asking me this question: What did they do to my son? » Friday, late in the afternoon, a 17-year-old young man was arrested. In the evening, two other minors of the same age, a 15-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man followed him into police custody for “murder and violence in a meeting near a school”.

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