After the death of Shemseddine (and not Shamseddine, as previously written), the 15-year-old teenager beaten up on Thursday in Viry-Châtillon (Essonne), the investigation continued on Saturday April 6. “The five police custody periods have been extended,” announced Grégoire Dulin, the public prosecutor of Evry, in a brief press release. The respective charges against these five people have not been detailed.

As part of the investigation entrusted to the Essonne judicial police, opened on charges of “assassination” and “violence in a meeting near a school”, a first 17-year-old young person was was arrested and taken into police custody shortly after the death was announced. Two other 17-year-olds, a 15-year-old girl and a 20-year-old adult were arrested a little later in turn.

Thursday evening, near Les Sablons college where he attended third grade, Shemseddine was beaten up by masked and gloved individuals. Treated by the emergency room, he died late Friday afternoon as a result of his injuries.

Emotion and contemplation

In Viry-Châtillon, a quiet town about twenty kilometers south of the capital, the emotion was still palpable on Saturday. An online collection was opened on the town hall’s Facebook page to help the teenager’s family. On cards or even on a football, messages left in front of the college wish “Shems” or “Shemsk” to rest in peace, noted a journalist from Agence France Presse.

This death, four days after another violent attack against a schoolgirl in Montpellier, caused turmoil in the country, right up to the top of the state. “The entire nation is in mourning,” wrote Education Minister Nicole Belloubet on X Friday, who visited the victim’s college. “We will be intractable against any form of violence”, we “must protect the school from that”, declared President Emmanuel Macron a few hours earlier, during a visit to a school in Paris.