Saturday, September 8, 2012

Girl found alive under corpses of slain family in France

No one should give up on anything but should keep going. Not until one's number is up.

In the case of life and death, there's this famous Malay quote: 'Berpantang maut sebelum ajal'. That's exactly what happened to a 4-year-old girl when her family members (including her father, mother and grandmother) were brutally killed in a close range shooting. It happened at a popular camping site near Chevaline, France.

Chevaline viewed from air
Viewed from air, beautiful Chevaline is very popular among campers. Photo: The Sun, UK

Girl, 4, found alive after shooting in French Alps
France, September 6, 2012

AFP - A four-year-old girl miraculously survived a shooting in the French Alps that left four people dead by curling up under the bullet-riddled corpses of her mother and grandmother, officials said Thursday.

The little girl spent eight hours concealed on the back seat of her family's car following a mysterious and brutal gun attack which also left her elder sister seriously injured and killed a passer-by.

Her father, who was found dead in the driver's seat, was identified Thursday as Saad al-Hilli, a 50-year-old born in Baghdad but resident in Claygate, Surrey in the southeast of England.

The fourth man who died is believed to be a local who happened to be cycling past the scene of the crime.

The girl's elder sister, who was found shot next to the car, was in a serious but stable condition in hospital after being flown by helicopter to the nearby city of Grenoble where she was visited Thursday by a British consular official.

Eric Maillaud, the prosecutor in charge of the investigation, said the four-year-old had emerged unscathed.

"She stayed, curled up under the bodies for eight hours and didn't move in all that time," he said.

The first police to arrive on the scene did not spot the girl and, with the car being left untouched and the area sealed off pending the arrival of forensic experts, she was left to endure a traumatic ordeal until she was finally discovered around midnight.

"It was only once we had access to the scene of the crime that we found her," Maillaud said. "The little girl spoke English. She heard noises, shouts but she can't tell us any more than that. She is only four years old.

"She is being looked after and we are doing everything we possibly can to care for her."

Entrance to Chevaline
Gendarmes block access to the killing site on Wednesday, Sept 5, 2012. Photo by The Straits Times

You can read the rest of the story at France 24 International News.


rainfield61 said...

Hope is there if never ever give up.

AVCr8teur said...

She is a very brave girl. I don't think I could have done what she did.

LonTugi said...

Poor girl. Must be badly traumatized with her family being brutally killed in front of her.