a 14-year-old boy killed during a brawl on the metro platform

The young boy was attacked by a group of three people and stabbed shortly before 8 p.m. in the Basilique de Saint-Denis metro station. He also received several blows to the head while he was on the ground and did not survive his injuries.

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France Info – Simon Soubieux, Aurélien Thirard

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The stop "Basilica of Saint-Denis", on line 13 of the Paris metro.  (Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

A 14-year-old teenager died Wednesday evening after being stabbed and beaten shortly before 8 p.m. during a brawl in the Basilique de Saint-Denis metro station (Seine-Saint-Denis), learned from franceinfo Thursday January 18 from a source close to the matter. This source specifies that the young boy was taken care of by RATP agents before help arrived, they performed a cardiac massage because he was in cardio-respiratory arrest, but the teenager died of his injuries around 9 p.m. An investigation into “intentional homicide” has been opened.

According to the first elements of the investigation to which franceinfo had access, although the exact circumstances of the murder remain to be determined, the police were able to have access to video surveillance recordings in the station of line 13 of the Paris metro. Thus, the altercation took place between the victim accompanied by another person and a group of three other people. During the brawl, one of the members of the other group stabbed the 14-year-old boy in the back, who subsequently received several kicks to the head while he was on the ground.

Still according to this source, the victim’s friend managed to put the three individuals to flight by grabbing a fire extinguisher and spraying the perpetrator of the stabbing with gas. From a source close to the case, these three people are still on the run. Contacted by franceinfo, the Bobigny public prosecutor’s office indicates that it has opened an investigation into intentional homicide entrusted to the Seine-Saint-Denis judicial police. Investigators will now use video surveillance to find the protagonists of the brawl, as well as the author of the fatal stabbing.

More violent brawls

The mayor of Saint-Denis Mathieu Hanotin speaks of a context of violence around a high school in the city, the same day. “Dying at 14 is already a tragedy in itself, dying in a fight which often escalates from minor reasons adds to the drama“, wrote the LFI deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis Éric Coquerel on X. “We must continue this prevention work, particularly with specialized associations. This is a major subject that must not be overlooked, from which our working-class cities are suffering.”continued the elected official.

According to a report from the Paris police headquarters that franceinfo unveiled at the end of 2023, the number of clashes between rival gangs remained stable in 2023, but the brawls are more violent. It is stated that the teenagers involved are increasingly resorting to weapons.

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