They beat him to death, savagely, apparently to steal his bicycle and tent, although in the end they appeared not far from the scene. They left him lying on a path, while he was still dying and was found by someone else. After knowing the first results of the autopsy, it has been confirmed that his brutal death, which occurred last Thursday, is being investigated as a murder, as reported by Efe.
About his identity, for the moment it has only transpired that he is called Roberto, was 28 years old and of origin Canary. Consular sources revealed that the family is already aware of such criminal as a tragic end suffered by this young cyclist, whom death found in the southeast of France.
It was that same Thursday, October 7, when a passerby found Roberto, in the middle of a pool of blood, before the seriousness of the injuries suffered by one or more attackers near a dirt road in the small town of Soyons , in the department of Ardeche and on the banks of the Rhone river.
Michel, the man who discovered the victim, told the local media Dauphiné Liberated: “I thought he was dead. I touched his shoulder and he began to move. I was moaning. I saw his look that asked me for help. His face was completely misshapen. I alerted and waited for help to guide them towards him. It was tremendously violent. This boy was the victim of a terrible ferocity ”, added the involuntary witness.
The cyclist, seriously injured, ended up dying in the hospital of the city of Valence due to about thirty injuries, most of them to the head.
If at first the hypothesis of a fortuitous accident was handled, the authorities opted more for a possible murder due to the nature of the injuries, which was finally confirmed by the prosecutor of the Republic of Privas confirmed the opening of an investigation for murder .
Not in vain, the autopsy revealed the presence of “thirty bruises at the level of the head.” The man’s skull was sunken. He also had wounds on both arms “including two deep ones.” The murder weapon could be a knife according to the indictment, which evokes “the use of a blunt object with a sharp edge.”
For now, it is only known that Roberto’s luggage and tent were found near where he was found, and it is speculated that the unfortunate man could be traveling along the Rhone to the Netherlands, according to information provided by France 3 Rhône-Alpes.
His tent and his bag, in particular, were thrown into the undergrowth, as if to hide them. Meanwhile, his bicycle was hidden under an embankment. According to 20 Minutes, the canary was found wearing only a T-shirt, as if he had just left his store. Eventually, traces of blood were discovered over a hundred meters away. According to said French newspaper, they could come from the injury that cost the cyclist his life,
The judicial police of Valence carry out the investigations of this event that, how could it be otherwise, has shocked by the brutal way in which it happened and because it is a normally very quiet place, frequented by fishermen and walkers and in Full nature.