Moussac, 1,500 inhabitants between Uzès and Alès, birthplace of Valentin Marcone, who surrendered this Friday after four days of stalking. Everyone here has been in shock since Tuesday, May 11 and the murder of two men in a sawmill in Plantiers. " We only talk about this. Above all, it was terrible Thursday, to hear the voice of Frédéric, his father, make this heartbreaking appeal. When we heard that on television, it gave us chills. He's someone we know well, ”says Jérôme
(his first name has been changed
), 27, who did all his primary school with Valentin, a child in his bubble.
“He was very good at school.
He had very good grades.
But he was a lonely, discreet child.
He never participated in our children's games and activities.
Here, it's the ball or the tennis, and it never came.
He was going to school and he was going home.
We hardly saw him.
Whether he was there or not with us, it didn't change anything ”, continues the young man, who describes mutual friends paralyzed since they understood that this Valentine, madman of the Cévennes in arms of war, was the little boy erased in the playground of the Moussac primary school.
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“From memory, I do not remember having seen Valentin participate in one of the parties that we organized in Moussac. It's a really special one, ”adds Jérôme's father. “A mutual friend of mine says that since the news of the tragedy his brain has stopped working. He is perhaps the last of Moussac to have seen Valentin. It was a year ago. He had gone to the Cévennes, to the Plantiers sawmill, to order chestnut beams for his house. He found Valentin up there, everything seemed to be going very well. It was the boss of the sawmill, Luc Teissonnière, who came to deliver the beams to him. So you understand that he is paralyzed today, ”continues Jérôme.
The former classmate describes a well-known Marcone family in the village. Father Frédéric is a private home nurse very much appreciated by his patients. Sister Elsa, 25, is no longer in the village and Guillaume, the youngest brother, aged 18, still lives in the family home.