Two teenagers have been charged with murder after a 14-year-old girl was brutally bashed and thrown into a river, allegedly by her classmates police say.
The two teens were arrested on the outskirts of the French capital Paris, in the commune of Pontoise, in the Val-d'Oise department, and they were officially charged with murder on the evening of March 10, according to French newspaper 20 Minutes.
The victim has been identified only by her first name, Alisha.
The horrifying incident took place at the River Seine in Paris, prosecutors said last week.
Both suspects are 15 years old and face up to 20 years in prison, according to numerous reports in French newspapers including Le Parisien and Le Dauphine.
"During questioning they did not display any sign of remorse,” Public Prosecutor Eric Corbau said, as reported by 20 Minutes.
French media reports investigators believe the killing was the result of a love triangle, where Alisha had a brief fling with a male student shortly before he started a relationship with a second girl.
It appeared that the two girls had remained friends but later friction occurred between the group when pictures of Alisha in her underwear were leaked online and the school authorities said they planned to question the duo about the matter.
The killing took place when the three minors met under the A15 motorway that crosses the Seine in the afternoon on March 8.
Alisha had agreed to meet one of the suspects, a teenage girl named only as J, after her boyfriend "asked her" to set up the encounter, according to Corbaux.
After a few minutes of discussion between the two girls, the young man, "who had remained hidden" behind a pillar of the bridge, "allegedly approached the victim before suddenly repeatedly hitting her in the face, pulling her hair, and tripping so that she fell to the ground".
The prosecutor explained that she was repeatedly beaten, with the suspects allegedly hitting her in the back and in the head.
Wanting to "hide the traces of violence that they had committed", the two teenagers "allegedly took hold of the victim to throw her into the Seine river below from the top of a high quay."
After her lifeless body was found, an autopsy was performed on Alisha's corpse and revealed that she had died as a result of drowning which meant she was still alive when she was thrown in the water.
After that, the two teenagers returned to the young man's home, with his clothes allegedly covered in blood, and they reportedly explained to his mother what had happened, and she called the police.
The prosecutor said that the two teenagers changed clothes and "showed no sign of panic or any other emotion at that moment".
They then went into the heart of the French capital where they bought something to eat and then went on to an acquaintance's place, who was not aware of anything that had just happened.
That is where they were arrested at 2am, in the night of Monday to Tuesday, by the police.
French newspaper 20 Minutes also mentioned a fight that is said to have taken place between the two girls at school.
The newspaper reported that the young man was angry with Alisha for "speaking badly about his deceased father".
Corbaux is also quoted as saying: "It is small things like this that apparently justified the desire to do something to the victim."
A 'white march' was organised by Alisha's parents and attended by thousands in Argenteuil, in memory of their daughter.
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