Paula MigeonAge 50
7 Apr 2021
Reims, Marne (France)
Raped and stabbed
Paula was raped and stabbed in her own home. Her killer then set the property ablaze in an attempt to try to conceal the crime.
Jean-Paul Isaki, 27, was subsequently arrested.
A 27-year-old young man was indicted on Friday following the murder of a 50-year-old who was found slaughtered on April 7 during a fire in [her] apartment on avenue de Laon in Reims. The victim was raped before being killed. The homophobic nature of the crime is being taken into account by the courts.
Just days after the death of a 51-year-old [trans woman] found slaughtered during the fire in [her] apartment on avenue de Laon, in Reims, on the evening of April 7, the alleged perpetrator was preparing this Friday evening to spend his first night in prison. Presented in the afternoon at the education center in Reims, a 27-year-old Congolese man, Jean-Paul Isaki, was indicted for "rape and murder committed because of sexual orientation or identity of the victim” . In the current state of investigations, the current hypothesis of that a homophobic crime.
The suspect was also indicted for the arson of the apartment, as well as for the theft and fraudulent use of the victim's bank card.
The naked body of the fifty-year-old, mutilated from fourteen stab wounds to the throat and cervical area, had been discovered by firefighters at the entrance to [her] bathroom in which the fire had been lit with an accelerant, such as a cleaning product. domesticated. Alerted by the smell of burning, a neighbor had seen someone come out of the apartment. The police officers of the SRPJ of Reims had only this single testimony at the very beginning of the investigation. Quite quickly, however, technical investigations made it possible to trace a suspect through the use of the bank card stolen from the victim, in particular for Uber Eats and Airbnb payments.
A name then appeared: that of Jean-Paul Isaki, domiciled in Châlons-en-Champagne but frequently in the Paris region. It was in an Airbnb room in Évry (Essonne) that the PJ arrested him on Thursday morning.
Today, it is time for us to support Paula's family in this terrible mourning following this abject crime of April 7, 2021 in Reims.
In 25 years of existence, the association has always defended our right to exist. Unfortunately, with every new atrocity, awaken in us very strong feelings, where each of us recognizes ourselves once again, once again:
′′ This could have happened to me"
′ Never again! Our lives are valuable!"
We can only suffer and allow these cries to be inclined in the banality of various facts. That's why we decided to act by being with Paula's family throughout the investigation and in the upcoming trial, by building a Civil Party ourselves. Mourad BENKOUSSA, a criminal lawyer at ACG firm, has agreed to assist Paula's family and our association in this constitution of civil parties.
While waiting for justice to do its work, we invite you to join us this Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10 p.m. Place Saint Thomas in Reims. Her family, living on the Perpignan Region, will be physically there alongside LGBT Scotia from 11 onwards.
Paula's ordeal is sadly part of the history of the LGBTQI community. But we will fight, through the legal channels, alongside her family, to ensure that such ignominies are part of the past and that such acts are punished up to what they are.
Since 2017, the law has created an aggravating crime against any person "in consideration of the victim or group of persons of which the victim is a member on the grounds of gender, sexual orientation or gender identity true or supposed". This aggravating circumstance has been held against Paula's alleged perpetrator.
Association Exaequo, LGBT+ Reims Center since 1996, wishes to publicly recall the importance of respecting the wishes of the victim who had come out as a woman trans to her family.
To quote her niece Laura's words: ′′ My uncle said she was a woman born into the wrong body. But she was first and foremost a PERSON, who wanted to love and be loved ".