Champion marathon runner Zenash Gezmu who fled Ethiopia found beaten to death by another refugee in Paris

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A champion marathon runner who fled Ethiopia six years ago for a better life in Europe has been beaten to death by another refugee on a housing estate near Paris.


Zenash Gezmu’s body was found by police called to her flat in Neuilly-sur-Marne early yesterday after neighbours heard screaming.

Officers arrested a 28-year-old Eritrean man who admitted murdering Ms Gezmu, 27. She was 4ft 9in and weighed less than six stone.

Police are now attempting to contact her next-of-kin, who include a brother said to have settled in London.

They are also trying to establish Ms Gezmu’s links to the suspect, with one friend telling Le Parisian newspaper she was thought to have been single. He said: “She always told me that if she started a relationship, it would be to start a family, and I have never been aware of anyone.” The suspect provided no details of the attack to police, apart from admitting through an interpreter that he carried out the murder.

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Ms Gezmu trained every morning and evening but also took hotel cleaning jobs, earning less than £200 a week.

Her body was found surrounded by her trophies and medals, including one for the 16th annual marathon in nearby Senart, which Ms Gezmu won for the second time in May.

9 Comments

  1. What a waste of life! Here we are far from the ruined country of ours and still doing crime against each other. Demented mind through years of killing each other and despising one another for no valid outcome. Many of us are short fused and does not listen to our common senses and the law of the land that is sheltering us.
    Even though, the circumstances of her killing is unclear, it is my belief the further away we are from each other the better chance for our survival. We are prone to ruin each other’s endeavors, success and dreams. We highlight our language, ethnicity, religion as if it is a scientific outcome. Narrow minded and ethnically drunk politicians are roaming around the globe preaching hate and division for their own benefits. Those of us who listen to these political jay walkers seem stung with nostalgia, guilt and sometimes skewed love and can’t think independently to separate the wheat from the chaff. That is when people are used, abused and killed by morons and medically insane people such as this one.
    Stay off that road!

    • As a French National very close to Ethiopian people, I feel really sad the she was deprived of having her chance in France by one of her own national, may be he is an Eritrean but not so long ago the two countries were one.

      • Mrs Amalia stop ur fabrication. The so called Eritreansa are not Ethiopians. They were and are Italian slaves. Italian fascits and primitive Mulattos have not civilized therir Eritrean slaves. These slaves were and are cruel savages. Eritrean men everywhere are very violent and agressive towards their women. This is a well known fact.
        Ethiopians have nothing to do with this barbaric people. Any person who killes a woman is very coward and savage one. This primitive man ha no right to life. He has to be hung in public.

        Derbi Kelbesa

    • Thank you Mr. Tesfaie, u said it my brother we are narrow minded people
      We always highlight our ethnicity as if it brings money or happiness.
      We will never succeed for the next 20 years guaranteed. the generation that will bring change is yet to be born now.

  2. Mrs Amalia stop ur fabrication and lamentation. The so called Eritreans are not at all Ethiopians. They were and are Italian slaves. Italian fascits and primitive Mulattos have not civilized their Eritrean slaves. These slaves were and are very cruel savages. Eritrean men everywhere are very violent and so agressive towards their women. This is a well known fact.
    Ethiopians have nothing to do with these barbaric people of ston age. Any person who killes a woman is very coward and savage one. Therefore, this primitive man has no right to life. He has to be hang in public.

    Derbi Kelbesa

  3. It is really sad to lost some one like that ,but I don’t think her killer is eritrean,every body know this time it for s easy to get status of asylum a lot of ppl specially weyanes they say they are eritrean so it is better and wait who this killer what is his motive,time will tell

  4. It is very saddening and disheartening act may GOD save her soul condolence for her families and relatives and loved ones RIP

  5. My family hearts go out to the family of this victim countrywoman. It is very sad indeed. May She Rest In Peace!!!

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