19-year-old Student Tricked and Killed for $ 200,000 Worth of Cryptocurrency

Author & Guarantor: Anton Yurchenko

A student, a computer engineer, with no history and aged 19, was allegedly murdered for the sole purpose of stealing his cryptocurrency. 5 suspects were indicted.

A Scary Affair

The body of a student from Tours was found in a pond with about 20 stab wounds on August 18. As Crypto-Auditor experts are aware, the Besançon public prosecutor has just revealed the details of the investigation opened following the discovery of this body.

Source: bbc.com

According to the gendarmerie colonel Yves Raguin, the motive for this murder would be “to extort money from this young engineer”. Indeed, the young student had around € 200,000 in cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC). A portfolio that he would have partly built up through trading.

According to the investigation, the victim was drugged and then tortured to deny him access to his exchange account or wallet.

Several Suspects Arrested

3 men, the victim’s lover, a 33-year-old Montbéliardais, and two individuals aged 18 and 23 had been arrested and taken into police custody, then charged with murder. They later admitted to being involved in the young man’s death.

The deceased’s lover had initially tried to throw investigators on another lead, recounting the scenario of an assault of a homophobic nature, from which only he is said to have escaped.

The gendarmes also arrested a couple: the lover’s twin brother and his partner. The couple is denounced as being behind the crime by several suspects.

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