• During the night from Friday to Saturday, a minor and two young adults died after being stabbed.

  • A suspect, a 32-year-old man from Sudan who arrived in France in 2016, was arrested and taken into custody.

  • The man says he "does not remember because of his alcoholism".

    According to a friend of one of the victims, the suspect sexually assaulted a young woman.

    At the cry of these, one of the victims intervened and received a stab wound.

  • The two other young men who died were also stabbed trying to help their friend and brother.

After the astonishment and the tears, the time of homage before that of mourning.

A minute of silence is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. on the forecourt of Angers town hall to pay tribute to the three young men who were stabbed on the night of Friday to Saturday, reports

Le Courrier de l'Ouest


The Angevins and Angevines are invited to go there.

Late Sunday afternoon, parents and relatives of the victims gathered on the esplanade heart of Maine, where the three young men aged 16, 18 and 20 died after being stabbed.

Suspected of being the author of these, a 32-year-old man was arrested and placed in detention.

20 Minutes

takes stock of this dramatic news item which has bereaved Angers and the Wallisian community.

What happened in the night from Friday to Saturday?

The facts occurred "following the sexual assault of two young girls by the respondent", announced the public prosecutor of Angers Éric Bouillard, in a first press release.

"Away at first, [the suspect] returned armed with a knife around 2:50 a.m. [Saturday morning] to deliver fatal blows" to three young people aged 16, 18 and 20, explained Éric Bouillard, specifying that "Three other people were more lightly injured by the same bladed weapon".

The indicted was then intercepted and beaten by people present at the scene of the tragedy, before being taken care of by the emergency services and the police.

Placed in police custody but initially hospitalized because of his injuries, he finally began to be heard on Saturday at the end of the day.

The testimony

For a friend of one of the three victims, Atama, present during the brawl, the drama starts from an attempted sexual assault by the suspect on a young woman, she testified in

Le Courrier de l'Ouest

on Sunday.

Forced to leave after being beaten, the man reportedly returned armed and once again bothered a young woman.

“He threatened her, he tried to touch her breasts and put the knife to her throat,” she told the regional daily.

The young woman shouted, which provoked the intervention of Atama “as usual because he likes to help people.

He was always like that.

He told her he had no right to do that.

He told her to get out.

But the guy didn't want to leave and he stuck the knife in her chest, she continues.

[…] Atama fell to the ground.

His brother, Mano, and Ishmael, who was a friend of our group, then intervened, and they also each received a stab wound.


Who are the victims ?

The three young men are two brothers Atama and Mano, and a friend Ishmael.

Their tragic death caused great emotion in Angers, in the Wallisian community to which the two brothers belonged and at the SCO Rugby Angers club.

The Maine-et-Loire team reacted on Twitter:

The whole SCO Rugby Angers family joins in the pain of the parents of Atama and Manolito who died last night in Angers.

Atama and Manolito were club kids.

We send our sincere condolences to their family and to the entire Wallis community pic.twitter.com/i1VrwxTYmR

— SCO Rugby Angers (@scorugbyoff) July 16, 2022

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Who is the suspect?

The 32-year-old man suspected of having killed three young people was indicted on Sunday evening and placed in detention, announced the prosecution.

He was indicted "in accordance with the request of the prosecution for counts of aggravated murder by the commission, in the near future, of one or more other crimes", "attempted aggravated murder" and "sexual assault", specified prosecutor Éric Bouillard in a press release.

The suspect was then placed in pre-trial detention by decision of the judge of freedoms and detention (JLD).

"During his police custody as before the investigating magistrate, he did not provide any real explanations for his actions, simply stating that he had no memory of them because of his alcoholism", according to the prosecutor.

A 32-year-old Sudanese national, who arrived in France in 2016, the suspect obtained political refugee status in 2018 "and is therefore in a regular situation [in France] until 2028", the magistrate told AFP.


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