20-year-old gay man ‘stabbed to death’ in Paris
A gay man has allegedly been murdered in Paris by a stranger he invited back to his home following a night out.
The victim of the attack, known only as Daniel, was reportedly stabbed to death by a man whom he met on a bus.
He had been travelling from Châtelet home to Villejuif with a friend known only as Fred at about 2.30am on April 11, according to a fundraising page.
When they arrived home, the culprit allegedly stabbed Fred while Daniel was talking on the phone in another room.
He is then said to have attacked Daniel, who attempted to escape via a window but was fatally wounded. His body was later found on the street.
Friends pay tribute to late Parisian
A poignant tribute came from a close friend, Nicolas Joubier, who started the fundraising page.
“Daniel was the embodiment of joie de vivre. Provoking and extreme he didn’t hide his feminine side but loved to play around with it to feel alive,” he wrote.
“Daniel was the embodiment of joie de vivre.”
—Nicolas Joubier, friend of the victim
“Often criticised for being too something—too feminine, too exuberant or too vulgar—he stuck out also for being very kind, funny and festive.”
LGBT+ group warns Parisians to be vigilant
Stop Homophobie, a French LGBT+ support organisation, urged Parisians to remain vigilant when meeting strangers, “especially if you are in an altered state.”
“Stay in regular contact with a loved one who you can contact, and if they do not hear from you (can check in),” they wrote on Sunday (April 14).
“Ambushes have become new fashionable games. Let’s be vigilant.
“Daniel, you will be missed a lot. Rest in peace wherever you are, keep on having fun as you knew how to do it so well.”
Paris has experienced a series of hate crimes in recent months.
On March 31, a transgender woman was attacked by a mob of protesters, with a video of the horrific attack subsequently going viral.
And on October 16, 2018, the head of a group helping the victims of anti-LGBT+ violence was attacked while leaving a restaurant.