It's a very sad birthday for Yuriy.
The teenager, who turns fifteen this Thursday, is still not out of the deep sedation in which he was immersed at the Necker hospital, six days after his violent assault, on the Beaugrenelle slab, in Paris (15th ).
“We brought him balls and a signed jersey offered by the Athletic club de Boulogne-Billancourt (ACBB), where he trains three times a week.
He will see that when he opens his eyes ”, hopes Nataliya, his mother.
At the entrance to the surgical intensive care unit, this elegant Ukrainian woman, with blond hair and light green eyes, paces up and down.
"Here, we live with the beeps and the numbers of the machines", blows the young business manager, mother of two other children.
“My son's brain was affected in several places.
We will have a first idea of the possible after-effects when he wakes up, ”she worries.
Yuriy's family brought balloons to her hospital room to celebrate her 15th birthday.
Nataliya can't help but refer to her son in the past tense.
“Yuriy was a very athletic person.
I am very afraid I will not find him as he was.
Will he recognize us?
She wonders nervously.
“I don't even know if he will remember what happened the night of his assault.
The assault on Yuriy took place Friday, January 15 at around 6.30 p.m. The boy and four other schoolchildren were on the Beaugrenelle slab in the 15th district when they were allegedly attacked by slightly older young people, armed with baseball bats and crutches.
The college students ran away, but Yuriy slipped.
He was caught by the attackers who beat him to the head, leaving him almost for dead.
An employee of a large area located a few meters away, says, with reddened eyes, having seen the victim, lying on the ground, just before the arrival of help.
“It was really awful, I don't want to think about it anymore,” she says.
“His face was no longer human,” adds a colleague.
A good student"
Nataliya was told by the police that her son had been assaulted.
“When I arrived he was still conscious.
He told me that he was afraid of dying and that he had to avenge him, ”says the mother of the family.
She takes deep breaths so as not to get carried away by her emotions.
“I promised to stay strong.
But seeing your child suffer like that is too hard, ”she explains.
According to the first medical certificate, Yuriy suffers from a head trauma with several serious skull fractures, a hematoma between the brain and the skull and a brain contusion.
He has a broken nose, several thigh wounds and a broken finger.
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What could have caused such a surge of violence against this teenager?
At the Apollinaire College, where he is educated, we say we are “astonished, surprised and shocked”.
Yuriy is described there as a "rather good student", who "does not seem to be in a complicated situation".
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At this stage, the police officers of the 3rd judicial police district (DPJ), seized of the investigation, seem to rule out the thesis of a fortuitous meeting between the two groups.
They seek in particular to determine if a conflict could have emerged between them, on social networks or elsewhere, and degenerate in the street this Friday.
At home, the teenager "never" mentioned possible problems with another gang, assures Nataliya.
Does he have bad company?
“I can't choose his friends.
As long as he works well at school, I don't get involved, ”replies the 30-something.
“Yuriy is a child who knows how to adapt to all social environments.
He plays football… "
A disturbing phone call
The only disturbing fact: not long ago, Yuriy would have received an unusually late phone call, around 10 p.m., which lasted a few seconds.
To his father-in-law, who was worried, the teenager would have replied in a slightly “dry”, “bizarre” manner according to his mother.
To advance the investigation, Nataliya and her relatives put up posters all over the Beaugrenelle slab.
They launched calls for witnesses on social networks and created an Instagram account, where many testimonies have already poured in.
"Many young people from the neighborhood told me that they were regularly attacked on the slab by a gang from Vanves (Hauts-de-Seine)", she says.
Yuriy's relatives posted numerous calls for witnesses on the Beaugrenelle slab, near the place where the teenager was assaulted.
LP / Caroline Piquet
The mayor (LR) of the 15th arrondissement, Philippe Goujon, for his part announced the forthcoming holding of a meeting between "the security partners of the Beaugrenelle sector, with the city services, the police, the judiciary, associations. and the principal of the Apollinaire college ”.