Two French men in custody after the investigation of the Bobigny tram accident

Jeremy Cohen was hit by a tram in Bobigny, France in February. Suspicion rose that an antisemitic crime was behind the accident.

Two men were taken into custody on April 7 after surrendering during the investigation into the death of Jeremy Cohen, reports The Jerusalem Post. Jeremy Cohen, a 31-year-old Jewish man was hit by a tram in Bobigny, France, in February, and did not survive his injuries. Suspicions rose that an antisemitic attack was behind the incident, yet at the time, the public prosecutor claimed “there is currently no evidence to establish the discriminatory nature of this attack.”

Cohen’s family set out to find testimonies from witnesses, distributing flyers around the city, asking the public for witnesses to come forward and collect videos of the young man’s death. A manslaughter investigation had been opened on March 29 by the Bobigny Police, for “intentional violence resulting in death without the intention of causing it.”

The two men now in custody are being held by the Seine-Saint-Denis Judicial Police. Cohen’s family was able to obtain a video showing Jeremy being harassed before running toward the tram that hit him. The suspects, 27 and 23, are part of a gang of young people who attacked the Jewish victim, who was trying to escape when was hit by a Line 1 tram and died from his injuries in the hospital.


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