Thursday, June 03, 2004

Life of Nameless Man Thrown Away

From the Associated Press:
A homeless man was kicked and punched to death Tuesday evening by three men, in Montreuil-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis). The homeless man, somewhere between 40 and 50 years of age, was killed on a pétanque field where he lived, according to the preliminary findings of an investigation.

His body was found toward 11 PM on the field, hidden behind a garbage can, his face swollen, thanks to a witness who alerted the police, allowing the arrest of the three men, aged 17, 20 and 21. According to police, the witness saw the three men violently accost their victim. One of the alleged aggressors had traces of blood on his basketball shoes. They have been detained at the local office of the judicial police who have been assigned to the case.
Not exactly an international incident but such cases are increasingly common in France and it's a subject I find particularly moving and upsetting.

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