The inhabitants of the Peyresourde building, in the Madeleine district in Evreux (Eure), spent an eventful Friday evening.
“The whole street was blocked, and around 10:30 pm, we saw dozens of police arriving.
Some were hooded.
They stayed a good part of the night.
We didn't understand what was going on, ”says a local resident.
It was only this Saturday that, like most of her neighbors, she made the link with the ignoble exaction of Conflans-Sainte-Honorine (Yvelines).
Abdullak Anzorov, 18, the perpetrator of this terrorist act, lived here with his family of Chechen origin, in this popular area in the shadow of the remand center.
His parents, his little brother and his grandfather were taken into police custody, as is the practice in counterterrorism investigations.
The eldest of six boys, Abdoullak Anzorov, born in Russia in 2002, arrived in France at the age of 6.
“We were together at primary school and at Pablo-Neruda College in Evreux,” remembers a teenage girl walking her dog.
According to the anti-terrorism public prosecutor Jean-François Ricard, he had a residence permit issued on March 4 and valid until 2030.
"I had never heard of religion"
“He was a little disruptive student, he didn't really want to work but, in my memory, he was not a brawler either, continues his former classmate in 4th grade.
He had friends in college - mostly boys because he didn't talk to girls - he liked to make the gallery laugh but we hadn't kept any contact.
The news of her former comrade's involvement in Samuel Paty's assassination obviously shocked her.
"It surprised me too," adds the girl in the sweatshirt.
Because he was more of a calm person.
I had never seen him aggressive.
I had never heard of him talking about religion either.
Inhabitant of the city, Noémie had to deal with the children of the Anzorov family./LP/Philippe Lavieille
About a year ago, Noémie (the first name has been changed) saw a darker face of the teenager.
“His little brothers were very unruly, they made a mess in the building, recalls this former resident of the neighborhood.
One day, they almost broke my rear view mirror and I threatened to go see their mother.
A little later, when I was out shopping, their big brother banged on the door.
"We felt he was able to go wild"
Noémie's former companion then opened.
Where's your wife?"
How come she went to see my mother?
Finally, he calmed down but my daughter, who witnessed the scene, was terrified, continues Noémie.
Since then, I was not comfortable when I saw him.
He wasn't physically impressive, but he had a cold, calculating gaze.
You could tell he was capable of going wild.
According to the national anti-terrorism prosecutor, the young Chechen was known for degradation and violence in meetings but he had never been convicted.
Always dressed in black and wearing a cap, renowned sportsman, Abdoullak Anzorov was discreet on a daily basis, like his family.
"His mother hardly ever went out," assure all residents.
As for his father, he was regularly seen driving a furniture delivery van.
"They are responsible and very kind people," assures a tenant of the Muslim faith who expresses all his horror at the act committed by his young neighbor.
How can religion be used to justify such acts?
It is unacceptable !
It's inhumane !
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Two years ago, Noémie remembers hearing the suspect's younger brothers playing war at the foot of the building, shouting "Allahu Akbar" but she does not draw any hasty conclusions.
“We could see that it was a practicing family - the mother was veiled for example - but nothing more.
I saw no sign of radicalization.
The anti-terrorism prosecutor Jean-François Ricard confirmed it this Saturday: Abdoullak Anzorov was unknown to the intelligence services.