5 Suspects Charged in Death of French Activist Clement Meric

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A man identified as “Esteban” faces charges of “deadly blows” in the killing of LGBT activist Clement Meric on June 5. Three other men, along with Esteban, were charged with group violence. And a fifth suspect, a woman identified only as Katya, was issued preliminary charges for complicity in group violence, according to The Washington Post.

The incident allegedly took place after a fight broke out between two groups of people outside a Paris shop. It was then that the gay teen was beaten and was later pronounced brain dead due to the injuries he sustained.

Prosecutor Francois Molins told the Associated Press that all of the suspects admitted having ties with the French ultra nationalist organization called “Troisieme Voie,” or Third Way.

For their part, the suspects say they just “responded to alleged provocation by a small group that included Méric.” Esteban could face up to 15 years in prison.

In the wake of the murder, thousands of Parisians took to the streets on June 8 to seek justice for the killing of Meric.