Eight charged with brutal mob murders that rocked France

Aurelie Noubissi (2ndl), the mother of Kevin and Messaouda Tadbirt (C), the parents of Sofiane, the two young men who were stabbed to death on September 28, 2012 in Echirolles, near Grenoble, release doves as they participate in a silent march in their memory, on October 2, 2012 in their town. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE DESMAZES

GRENOBLE, France: Eight people have been charged with the brutal mob killing of two French students in a case that sent shockwaves across the country, prosecutors said Thursday.

"We think they directly took part in the deaths of the two victims," Jean-Yves Coquillat, the prosecutor of Grenoble said, adding that no one had admitted guilt.

Kevin Noubissi and Sofiane Tadburt died last Friday after being stabbed and beaten by a mob armed with hammers, baseball bats and knives in the southeastern city of Grenoble.

Twelve people had been placed in custody but four were released due to insufficient evidence, prosecutors said. Two fugitives are still on the run and one turned himself in late Wednesday.

Noubissi was stabbed seven to eight times, and Tadburt 30 times. The gang was reportedly seeking vengeance after a minor incident outside a high school involving Noubissi's younger brother.

Funerals for the two friends took place Wednesday at the local mosque in Grenoble and it drew hundreds of mourners.





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