"Is he going to remember us?"
To be able to talk to us?
Is he going to be a boy like before?
Work at school like he worked before?
Play soccer like before?
It is the trembling voice that Nataliya Kruchenyk gave news of her son this Saturday on BFM TV.
Yuriy, 15, was violently assaulted with a baseball bat and crutches in Paris on January 15.
He woke up this Saturday at Necker hospital where he had since been hospitalized in serious condition.
Nataliya Kruchenyk (Yuriy's mother): "He starts to wake up, to want to talk to us, that's a very good sign" pic.twitter.com/096bga5r9y
- BFMTV (@BFMTV) January 23, 2021
“Yuriy is doing better today,” explained Nataliya Kruchenyk.
He starts to wake up, to want to talk to us, to move… This is a very good sign.
The mother of the family recalls how her son, hit in the nose, arm, shoulders, ribs and fingers, was abused, as already evidenced by a video of the assault posted on social networks.
“The skull was broken in several places,” adds the mother.
Omar Sy's tribute
Tributes have multiplied throughout the day via social networks.
Force yourself Yuriy and get well, ”footballer Antoine Griezmann posted on Twitter.
"Good recovery to you Yuriy, I think well of you and yours", added, on the same social network, the actor Omar Sy.
“Images as violent as they are unbearable.
By a fucking bunch of cowards!
All my support for Yuriy and his family, ”posted swimmer Amaury Leveaux.
Good recovery to you Yuriy, I think about you and yours.
- Omar Sy (@OmarSy) January 23, 2021
The political class has not remained indifferent either.
The Minister of the Interior, Gérald Darmanin, denounced an "attack of incredible savagery".
“Support for the young boy and his family.
The investigation should shed light on the facts and question the perpetrators of this filthy act, ”he added.
Bringing “all (his) support to him and his family”, Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, said she was “extremely shocked by the incredible aggression of young Yuriy.
Those responsible must be found and judged.
An attack of incredible savagery.
Support for the young boy and his family.
The investigation should shed light on the facts and challenge the perpetrators of this foul act.
- Gérald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) January 23, 2021
Young Yuriy was assaulted on Friday January 15 when he was leaving college with a group of friends, in the Beaugrenelle district, in the 15th arrondissement of Paris.
The video of the assault on a dozen young people in sportswear and hooded jackets kicking, bat or stick on a person lying on the ground, before abandoning him.
Witnesses spoke of a brawl between rival gangs, without being able to say whether or not the victim was part of one of them.
"I invite you not to be afraid"
“My son is someone obedient, a good student, a smiling and sociable boy […] who gets along well with everyone,” said Nataliya Kruchenyk this Saturday evening on BFM TV.
Yuriy's mother called her son's friends, with whom he was when he was assaulted, and who apparently fled when the attackers arrived, to talk.
“I invite you not to be afraid, to go and say everything you know.
You make yourself safe, but also your brothers, your sisters and all the children of Paris.