Student stabbed to death by homeless migrant near Marseille

Fortune Kolagbe, a 22-year-old Togolese student at the Aix-Marseille University, was stabbed to death as she walked home from her part-time job.
By Thomas Brooke
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A 22-year-old student was stabbed to death in France by a homeless migrant from Cape Verde as she walked home from her part-time job, local media reported on Sunday.

The attack occurred on Sunday, Dec. 4, in the southern French village of Cabriès, just 20 kilometers north of Marseille, shortly after 9 p.m.

Fortune Kolagbe, a Togolese national who had been studying economics and business management at the Aix-Marseille University, had been walking from her part-time job at Burger King to the bus stop to head home to study for an exam.

According to La Provence newspaper, she was approached by the 26-year-old Cape Verdean homeless migrant who “suddenly stabbed her several times in the heart.” The victim fell to the floor, and despite the intervention of emergency services who had been alerted to the incident by nearby motorists, she died of her injuries.

The attacker reportedly remained in the vicinity and was spotted by French police with a bloody knife still in his hand. He was ordered to surrender and drop his weapon, which he “did without difficulty.”

French media report the migrant vagrant carried a Portuguese passport, and although he showed an ability to speak English when questioned, chose to remain silent behind an interpreter throughout his police interview.

He gave no explanation for the attack, and local public prosecutor, Jean-Luc Blachon, revealed that police were “completely unaware of any link” between the attacker and the victim.

French authorities confirmed that he was previously unknown to police but was subject to “multiple addictions and psychiatric disorders.”

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