The attack took place in the Beaugrenelle district, in Paris -
STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP
Yuriy, a 15-year-old teenager, was severely beaten up on January 15 in the Beaugrenelle district in Paris.
He suffers from numerous fractures and was placed in an artificial coma.
Nine days later, he is still hospitalized in serious condition.
A rivalry between bands could be at the origin of the drama, even if, for the moment, nothing allows to say that the young man was part or not of one or the other.
A week after his assault, Yuriy is still hospitalized in serious condition.
The 15-year-old teenager, educated in 3rd at Guillaume Apollinaire College, was beaten up by a dozen hooded individuals on January 15 on the Beaugrenelle slab, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
The prosecution has opened an investigation for attempted murder in a group.
It was entrusted to the police officers of the 3rd DPJ (judicial police district) who are trying to understand the reasons for this outburst of violence and to find the perpetrators.
For this, they can rely on the images of the surveillance cameras which captured the scene.
The facts took place in the late afternoon, around 6:30 pm Yuriy, who had left college earlier, was with friends near the Beaugrenelle shopping center “when they were surprised by a gang. young people who arrived from who knows where, ”her mother, Nataliya, told BFM TV.
According to our information, witnesses told the police that they saw a group of people, carrying crutches and iron bars, running towards other young people.
Yuriy's friends flee.
But the young man slips and finds himself on the ground.
His attackers take the opportunity to kick and punch him for long seconds, before scampering in several directions.
Hammer and iron bars
Alerted by witnesses, the firefighters arrived on site a few minutes later.
The teenager is bathed in his blood.
The victim was transported to Necker hospital in a state of absolute emergency, accompanied by his mother, warned by the police.
“Yury had a broken nose, arm, shoulders, ribs and fingers.
But above all, he had his skull broken in several places.
He underwent an operation of more than six hours, he was in a coma for more than a week, ”Nataliya detailed on BFM TV, specifying that it was“ too early ”to know if her son will have any consequences.
"Will he remember us, be able to talk, work, play soccer like before?"
No one can tell.
Nataliya Kruchenyk (Yuriy's mother): "He starts to wake up, to want to talk to us, that's a very good sign" pic.twitter.com/096bga5r9y
- BFMTV (@BFMTV) January 23, 2021
According to a police source, officials found a hammer and several iron bars near the scene.
Investigators are studying the hypothesis of a settling of scores against the backdrop of rivalry between bands from Vanves (Hauts-de-Seine) and Beaugrenelle.
But for now, there is nothing to confirm that Yuriy - who is described by those close to him as an uneventful teenager - was or was not part of one of them.
His mother also indicates that he did not know his attackers.
Investigators from the judicial police have so far not made any arrests.
A call from the Elysée
Her mother created an Instagram account to give news of Yuriy, who celebrated her birthday on Thursday, and to collect information that would allow the police to find the perpetrators of the assault.
Of Ukrainian origin, she became attached to the Ukrainian embassy after filing a complaint.
As the investigation continues, Nataliya received a phone call on Saturday from Emmanuel Macron's office who told her of the president's support.
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