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France in shock: Boy (15) shoots mother and father - then he kills dog and sets everything on fire

2023-12-05T14:16:48.980Z

Highlights: France in shock: Boy (15) shoots mother and father - then he kills dog and sets everything on fire. Young Valentin confesses to a gruesome crime: he killed his parents, killed the dog and set fire to the house. France is also moved by the fate of three-year-old Émile. The child has been missing for three months and now the public prosecutor's office is turning its attention to a farmer. A similar incident occurred in Germany on New Year's Day 2020.



Status: 05.12.2023, 15:11 PM

By: Moritz Bletzinger

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The house in ruins, the parents dead: the act of a boy from the village of Châteauvilain shocks the whole of France. © Tom Masson/AFP

Young Valentin confesses to a gruesome crime: he killed his parents, killed the dog and set fire to the house. France is dismayed.

Grenoble – The media call it "the drama of Châteauvilain". A 15-year-old boy shot his parents, killed the family dog and set fire to the house. In the remains of the renovated farmhouse, the emergency services discovered the two bodies almost completely burned. Six days after the discovery, the teenager, Valentin, was taken into custody on Saturday, December 2.

Bad deed in France: Boy (15) kills parents and sets house on fire

Shortly afterwards, the boy admitted everything, reports the public prosecutor's office of Grenoble. "I confirm that young Valentin confessed to the gendarmes that he was the murderer of his parents," said prosecutor Éric Vaillant. A similar incident occurred in Germany on New Year's Day 2020.

Le Dauphiné Libéré describes the act as an execution. Valentin is said to have fired a rifle at close range at his mother (52) and father (58). The rifle belonged to his father, an engineer and sport shooter, who kept the gun at home. After the crime, Valentin killed the family dog, set fire to the house and fled in his father's Citroën Picasso. His older brother (17) and his two half-sisters, who no longer live in the region, remain unharmed.

Teenager had health problems: "The young person no longer went to school, he was isolated"

Since the incident, time seems to stand still in Châteauvilain. 750 people live in the village, the streets are deserted. Mayor Daniel Gaude said no one could have foreseen the family drama. Speaking to Le Dauphiné Libéré, he speaks of a "highly valued, carefree family". The father was a former city councillor and was responsible for the canteen of the day-care centre, while the mother ran a small basketry shop.

But the family had to deal with "difficult times", according to Gaude. Valentin suffered from Lyme disease. "The young person no longer went to school, he was isolated," villager Bruno Oliva told AFP.

"It's terrible. There are no words for it': Family drama shakes village in France

The confession did not come as a surprise. "I suspected it when we found out he had fled," says Oliva. Now the village is trying to come to terms with the events. The villager reports: "I saw the flames on Monday (27 November), I heard the firefighters. It's terrible. There are no words for it. Everyone in the village is talking about it."

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Meanwhile, France is also moved by the fate of three-year-old Émile. The child has been missing for three months and now the public prosecutor's office is turning its attention to a farmer. (moe)

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Source: merkur

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