On October 4, 2002 in Vitry-sur-Seine, South of Paris, 17 year old Sohane Benziane, was burned alive in front of her friends in a cellar by her former boyfriend, a local caid (gang leader). While a watch was kept outside, the aggressor, nicknamed Nono, who had bought the bottle of gasoline a day before, poured gasoline over Sohane and set her on fire with a lighter.
As Sohane, engulfed in flames, managed to run out screaming in agony, her death was witnessed by a dozen other students that were coming out of class.
A commemorative plate in her memory was later desecrated. On October 4, 2005 a platform was inaugurated in her memory, in presence notably of her sister Kahina Benziane. On April 8, 2006 a French court sentenced Jamal Derrar (22) to 25 years in prison. Tony Rocca (23) was sentenced to 8 years for complicity.
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