“To be killed like that is worse than in Marseille” … Ten days after the brutal murder of former French boxing champion Amadou Ba, the dread still disputes him to grief in Créteil , in the suburbs of Paris. The investigators do not favor any track.
Tuesday, April 4, past 10 pm. Out of the gym after giving a class, Amadou Ba is alone driving his car when another vehicle blocks his route, in a small crown commercial area, on the border between Créteil and Bonneuil-sur-Marne (Val-de-Marne). The aggressors dismount: one of them shoots the athlete while the others break the windows. They drag him out of the cockpit and beat him with bats, before fleeing. “They have fought hard” Hit by six bullets, according to the floor, the boxer dies in hospital. “They have fought hard” , says a taxi driver. At the end of the stage, this forty-year-old places the victim “In PLS” (lateral safety position). But, under “The face in blood, hammered” , he has not “Not recognized” his friend of almost 20 years, Amadou Ba. It is only when he learns of his death the next day that he understands to whom he has helped At first sight, the violence used suggests the methods of criminal circles. “Tinder was never involved in any kind of traffic, he was a straight man” , assure his two former coaches, Nordine and Amar Mahmoudi, in their club of Bonneuil-sur-Marne. A portrait corroborated by the parquet of Creteil: Amadou Ba, 39 years, was unknown justice. A man “discreet and humble” At the club Bonneuil, where he had donned his first gloves in 1997, his family are still sounded. “The way he died, I do not even want that to my worst enemy” drop one of them. Between the multicolored embroidered shorts and the striking shields, some remember the good times: his title of champion of France in 2005 and his tournament in Thailand in the style “Kard Chuek”, with for only gloves ropes wrapped on the hands and the forearms. Amadou Ba in his club of Créteil, where he taught Thai boxing. | Photo: Mehdi Fedouach / AFP All describe a man “Discreet and humble” , able to cumulate for years his training with two jobs: delivery of newspapers early in the morning, and security officer for the town hall of Créteil. “I did not know he was champion of France until three years after meeting him” says Jimmy, another friend. “He applied the values learned in the ring to his life: respect, wisdom, self-control” , recalls Habib Namaoui, a 58-year-old engineer who helped him prepare for several fights. “Amadou could cross the whole of France to take young people to competitions, always with a smile” , testifies Filipe Da Silva, with whom he founded in 2005 the Magic Créteil club, in the popular district of Mont-Mesly. Settling scores ? Road dispute? So how do you explain such a wave of violence? The investigation was entrusted to the Criminal Brigade of the judicial police of Paris. The boxer’s relatives want “Let justice do its job” and the prosecution says it examines all the hypotheses: from settlement of accounts to simple road dispute. “No track is privileged” , he emphasizes.
In Bonneuil, members of his former club are now organizing to lend a hand and maintain the teachings of Magic Créteil: “Out of the question that kids fall on the street” .