French march in memory of students killed in London

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Hundreds marched in silence through Amiens on Sunday in memory of Gabriel Ferez, one of the two French students killed in London.

14 July 2008

AMIENS - Several hundred people marched in silence through the northern French city of Amiens Sunday in memory of Gabriel Ferez, one of the two French students killed in London in June.

Ferez, who came from the region, had studied in Amiens before moving to a university in Clermont Ferrand, central France.

"Gaby, you will always live in our hearts," read one banner at the head of the march, which was organised by former classmates.

Ferez and Laurent Bonomo, both 23 and biochemists, were on an exchange programme with London's prestigious Imperial College. They had been due to return home at the end of this month.

On the evening of 29 June, the emergency services were called out to a fire and reports of an explosion at a ground-floor studio flat rented by one of the students.

After they put out the fire, they found the bodies of the two men. They had been bound, repeatedly stabbed in the head, neck and torso and then set alight.

Their deaths shocked hardened detectives and coincided with growing concerns about knife crime and violent gang culture in the British capital, particularly among young people.

Bonomo was stabbed nearly 200 times - up to 80 of the wounds after he was dead - while Ferez suffered nearly 50 knife wounds.

Six days before they were found, Bonomo disturbed an intruder stealing a laptop computer from the flat.

Experts found no evidence of forced entry after the killings. Two handheld games consoles were also taken and credit cards are missing.

Two men have been charged over the murders.

[AFP / Expatica]

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