the family of a victim of the Bayonne accident remembers him

Beyond the legal aspect, it is above all a human drama for four families. Solène (27) and Joanna (30), Léo Brout’s big sisters, have arranged to talk about this “little brother”.[elles aimaient] so much”: “The whole family is reunited in Gujan-Mestras [NDLR : en Gironde]. We had moved away from Vitrac some time ago, but Léo had kept a base in Sarlat because he had his childhood friends. »

Some of them were in the car during the accident at 5 a.m. on Saturday. The news did not reach the Brout family until around 11 a.m. through one of the sisters: “I received the information from a friend of Léo’s who called me around 11 a.m. She told me bluntly about the accident and death. I didn’t believe it. »

“We are all destroyed”

Since then, the family has been confronted with a wave of emotions: “At first we feel a lack of understanding and confusion, as Solène and Joanna put it. I couldn’t even cry because of the emotional shock. It’s hard to imagine that we won’t see him again. Leo’s life ended at 20. We’re all shattered. We remain in the dark about what will happen. We have no idea how to live after that. we understand. »

So Solène and Joanna want to pay tribute to their brother: “Léo was a bon vivant. He loved being with his friends and that’s why he dreamed of living his life in the Dordogne. »

The twenty-something, who would soon be graduating from a DUT Tech Deco in Bayonne, was hoping to return to Sarladais to set up his own mobile rotisserie: “He was someone who was ambitious for his age. We thought he was brave enough to want to work weekends. We were proud of him…”

“You don’t die at 20”

A final tribute could be paid in Gironde on Friday. It is not yet known when the funerals of the other young people will be celebrated, but the small village of Carsac-Aillac will attend. Two of his children, Hugo Rodrigues and Lucas Virgo, lost their lives.

Only a few locals knew the two young men personally. But everyone had heard of the tragedy and was horrified by Monday morning. ” How awful! You don’t die at 20! cried a man leaving the village cafe. “I’m angry,” whispered another. It’s an injustice. We’d rather be in their shoes. They had their whole lives ahead of them. »

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