April 13, 2024

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Heartbreaking testimony from the mother of ex-Puma player Federico Martin Aramburu, who was shot dead in Paris

Heartbreaking testimony from the mother of ex-Puma player Federico Martin Aramburu, who was shot dead in Paris

Almost two years have passed since that tragic March 19, 2022, when the former rugby player was murdered. Federico Martin Aramburu, after a fight in a bar in Paris ended in a brutal shooting of the Argentine ex-athlete. Aramburu Puma was #623 and won a bronze medal with the national team at the 2007 World Cup in France.

hopeKilled by two militants belonging to a far-right group, as his relatives called him, Romain Bouvier (fired four times) and Loic Le Priol (He fired six shots, three of them in the back), they are awaiting trial. In addition, both were members of a French far-right cell. Group Union Defense (GUD). As of today, the investigation is still ongoing and should happen by the end of this year.

Screened inside the Budapest Metropolitan Court, the former Puma killer suspect arrives for his virtual trial at Jahony police station. AFP photo.

“Meurtre en Ovalie” (Murder at the Oval), a documentary produced at Le Samedi at 1:15pm, which will be broadcast on France TV Sports. The report tells the story of the killing of an Argentine rugby player on the streets of the French capital and includes testimony from people close to Aramburu. His mother Cecilia gave a moving testimony.

“Hate only leaves haters. I wouldn't wish what we went through on any parent, not even the parents of these psychopaths.”As they walk through the corridors of the cemetery in the last surviving city of Biarritz, Argentina, Aramburu's mother begins to speak.

“I hope Fede's death will not be in vain, that's all I hope”The former athlete's mother can be seen in tears with her son's family and friends.

Both Bouvier and Le Priol had previous convictions for violence, so the attackers were unable to remain together or return to Paris. Very little weapon. Besides, Le Briol was separated from the French armed forces with post-traumatic stress disorder After participating in missions in the Middle East in mid-2015.

Another person taking part in the documentary is Shaun Hegarty, a friend, former partner and associate of Federico Arampuru, who was with him when the attack took place. “From the moment the first shots were fired, my brain froze. I see what's going on, but I'm in slow motion mode. I'm there, but I'm not really there.”Hegarty begins by recounting the events of the tragic evening.

Sean Hegarty (right) with Federico Martin Aramburu (left)Sean Hegarty (right) with Federico Martin Aramburu (left)

“When Le Priol shoots Federico again, I feel the intensity of the scene. I tell myself it's a dream, and I almost say to him: 'Come on, let's go to the hotel, let's go home.' Unreal.”adds the 40-year-old New Zealander.

How Federico Martin Aramburu was murdered

Argentina and New Zealand were in the French capital for reasons related to the 2023 World Cup in France and their tourism company. After a day of meetings and dinner at an Argentinian restaurant, they both went to the bar “Le Mabillon”. At that point, two men began insulting the other with racist and xenophobic slurs. Arampur and his partner intervened And from screams they turned to fist blows. Security staff stopped a fight, but it resumed in the street with extreme violence. The former puma lay on the ground.

When the fight broke up, the ex-rugby players and their partners headed down the street, where they huddled in a Jeep, from which the two assailants got out of the bar. Four bullets from Romain Bouvier and six from Loïk Le Priol, three of them at the back, ended the career of Federico Martín Aramburu.