"Joyful", "intelligent", "smiling"… Who was Vanesa, the 14-year-old girl killed in Tonneins?

Aged 14 and of Spanish origin, the teenager was educated in fourth grade and learned French.

Vanesa, 14, was reported missing on Friday. It was her mother who gave the alert, worried that her daughter would not return from the college of Tonneins (Lot-et-Garonne), where she was educated in fourth grade. The lifeless body of the teenager was found in Birac-sur-Trec, about fifteen kilometers north of Tonneins, on Saturday.

A 31-year-old man confessed to committing the crime. He was indicted on Sunday for kidnapping and forcible confinement, rape and murder of a minor and placed in pre-trial detention, the Agen prosecutor said in a press release.

“A very cheerful, very intelligent young girl”

Vanesa was of Spanish and Spanish-speaking descent. She was in a UP2A class (educational unit for allophone students), a class that welcomes students who arrive in France not speaking French completely.

The schoolgirl was the eldest of three siblings who lived in Tonneins with her brother, sister, mother of Spanish origin and her companion.

“Vanesa was a very happy, very intelligent and very smiling little girl with her family. She was very close to her brothers and sisters and very tender”, declared on our antenna her cousin, Yuranny Granda. She was “such, such a beautiful little girl. She was always important to us.”

Discreet and pleasant

In college, classmates of the teenager described a discreet and pleasant student.

“It’s the girlfriend who left, who is no longer there”, declares on our antenna the mayor of the commune Dante Rinaudo, who explains that the children of Tonneins asked him a lot of questions about this affair, and wanted to know whether the culprit had been arrested and imprisoned.

“There is a lot of psychological work to be done with [des élèves]with teachers too,” he says.

A psychological support cell must be set up this Monday at the college where the rector Anne Bisagni-Faure has planned to go “to show her support for the students and the teams”.

Salome Vincendon

Salome Vincendon BFMTV journalist

Leave a Comment