The murder of Rudy, 15, a small hand in drug trafficking, in front of the Bouches-du-Rhône assizes

The last time someone saw Rudy, a 15-year-old high school student, was around midnight, when the drug point of sale in building C of the Cité Jean-Jaurès was closed, in the neighborhoods north of Marseille. His friend Nourdine, with whom he played the “chouf” (the lookout) or the “charbonneur” (the salesman), saw him leave with “ZZ” and “Jimmy”, two “grown-ups” who held him by the shoulder.

A few hours later, on November 18, 2016, in the hills of the Etoile massif, a jogger discovers Rudy’s summarily charred body. The teenager was killed like a kingpin. On his knees, his wrists tied, he received a shotgun bullet in the chest and then, on the ground, a second shot which took away part of the skull. The assassination bears the hallmark of Marseille narcobanditism with all the characteristics of these settling of scores committed against the backdrop of a war of the territories of drugs.

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In the box of the Assize Court of Bouches-du-Rhône, where they appear from Monday, December 6, “ZZ”, the nickname of Samir Zerouali, and “Jimmy”, that of Khadim Thiam, will dispute being the authors of this assassination. They were 21 and 23 at the time of the incident and had a bad reputation. The first claims to be a “Thief of coals” who tears off the saddlebags of the coal miners at the deal points; the second likes himself “Enforce by making a fight”. Their trial will lead the jurors into the twists and turns of city trafficking, this world where rumor seals destinies. She probably killed Rudy.

In the neighborhood, he told himself that the high school student, who preferred the cannabis trade to his bodywork studies, had given the killers the start in a settling of scores committed a few weeks earlier. On October 21, 2016, in the KFC parking lot on Boulevard de Plombières, joining their scooter, Rudy and his friend Hicham knocked on the window of a car to greet their three occupants. Moments later, a motorbike appeared and two men in black sprayed the passengers with a Kalashnikov and a .357 Magnum revolver, killing the driver and rear passenger. The third occupant had managed to escape. However, according to the judicial police, Rudy is not the giver of the starting signal and had nothing to do in this settling of scores.

A single testimony

One of the victims of the KFC was very close to Khadim Thiam, whom the latter presented as his “Cousin without blood tie”. Was Rudy the victim of revenge based on gossip alone? The accusation is based mainly on the testimony of Nourdine, this friend then aged 17, with whom Rudy used to return every night, once their “salary” paid by “Raptor”, the manager of the stups plan. The young man heard “Jimmy” say to “ZZ”, pointing to Rudy: ” It’s him ! “ In the hours that follow, his exchanges on Facebook with a friend reflect his concern. Rudy’s two young friends even imagine the worst, that he was killed: “It’s mad” [il s’est fait « fumer », tuer].

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The murder of Rudy, 15, a small hand in drug trafficking, in front of the Bouches-du-Rhône assizes

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