French Students Laurent Bonomo & Gabriel Ferez Robbed, Tortured and Murdered in London, England


Bizarre and Heinous Murders in London, England …

What would possess someone to stab one victim 196 times and the other 47 times. Many of the wounds were inflicted after the two students were already dead. Then methodically try to cover the crime scene with a fire.

Bound up by their attacker or attackers, they received multiple stab wounds in the head, neck, back and torso.

Mr Bonomo was stabbed 196 times, Mr Duthie said. Almost 100 of those wounds were inflicted to his back after his death. Mr Ferez was stabbed 47 times. (Times on Line)

A robbery that appears to have gone bad across the Pond of two French bioengineering students turned into a heinous torture and murder case that has shocked both sides of the Atlantic. There appears to be a burglary link to this double murder.  Bonomo and Ferez were students at Universite Blaise-Pascale in Clermont Ferrand, France. Bonomo and Ferez  had arrived in London in May to do research at Imperial College They had planned to return to France at the end of July. A grisly murder put an end to those plans.


Laurent Bonomo (left) and Gabriel Ferez (right)

Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, appear to have been robbed, tortured and murdered in a ground floor apartment in New Cross, southeast London last Sunday night. What is more heinous is that the two students were bound and stabbed at total of 244 times. They were then set on fire and burned so badly that DNA had to be used to identify them. What could possibly have been the motive to exact such cruel actions upon an individual?

The victims were bound and repeatedly stabbed across their bodies. Police said they had suffered a total of 244 wounds. Police told ABC News that Bonomo was stabbed 197 times, while his friend received 47 stab wounds. Both men suffered injuries to the head, neck and chest.

Police told ABC News that no weapon had been found despite an extensive search. In a statement, police said they are studying limited closed-circuit TV footage of the area.

“I have never seen injuries inflicted to bodies like this before,” Detective Chief Inspector Mick Duthie today told a news conference at Scotland Yard.

Local police and Scotland Yard can find nothing in the two students back grounds that would link them to any criminality that would explain their deaths. Police say they have no idea why the students were killed, but the deaths highlight a recent spate of youth violence in the city. According to reports a laptop had been stolen from the flat in Sterling Gardens, New Cross, south London six days earlier.

“A black Packard Bell laptop was taken during a burglary that took place between 0500 and 0600 on the morning of 23 June, 2008. Someone entered the living room of 12 Sterling Gardens and stole the computer.

“Laurent Bonomo said he was in the shower when he heard a suspicious noise. He found the window of his living room forced open and his laptop was stolen.

Murdered by robbers: ‘Genius’ French students’ mobile phones were stolen from London flat

Police hunting for the killers of two French students have discovered their mobile phones had been stolen from the flat where they were bound up, tortured and killed.

Detectives are now following a ‘strong line if inquiry’ that Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez, both 23, were killed in a robbery that escalated into a horrific double-murder.

Police have now discovered their phones and two Sony PSP games consoles were stolen from the ground-floor bedsit in the quiet cul-de-sac.

Murdered student’s fiancee tells of grief

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  • Comments

    9 Responses to “French Students Laurent Bonomo & Gabriel Ferez Robbed, Tortured and Murdered in London, England”

    1. RAy on July 5th, 2008 7:51 am

      London bans guns for lawful citizens to protect themselves, unless you are a government official. When a hoodlum enters your house to kill you, then you just have to fight them off if you can. In America, hoodlums get their heads blown off when the try to kill you in your home. Go yankees!

    2. Arrest Made in Henious Double Murder of French Students Laurent Bonomo and Gabriel Ferez | Scared Monkeys on July 5th, 2008 10:01 am

      [...] two French students studying in London, England were brutally tortured, stabbed to death and found in a burnt London flat. The brutal and unspeakable crime appears to have a robbery link that had gone terribly wrong. The [...]

    3. Mary, UK on July 5th, 2008 11:01 am

      would still stand by our gun control here in UK rather than the US gun laws.

    4. Mary, UK on July 5th, 2008 11:07 am

      By the way i am speaking with personal experience of violent crime, a relative of mine was murdered in the same way as these poor french guys, he was stabbed over 50 times, had his throat cut, his head was so badly damaged the pathologist had never seen anything like it, and to top it off his body was set alight. I still do not want a change to our gun laws, what i WOULD like is LIFE TO MEAN LIFE, the sentencing in the US is what i admire, on the whole i think they put the victims first and have no qualms about being tough on criminals.

    5. Scared Monkeys on July 5th, 2008 11:17 am

      #3 & 4 Mary,

      What are the people of London saying about these crimes? The murders were just beyong description

    6. Mary, UK on July 5th, 2008 12:01 pm

      Too be quite honest it has been a hell of a week in London, Knife crime is rocketing across the UK, i am on tenderhooks every time my son goes out until the minute he returns, by the way i live in Scotland, although the problem of knife crime is not as bad here it is still worrying.

      London has seen around 18 young men and BOYS killed, in this manner this year alone, its getting ridiculous, in fact it was on the news earlier today that the Metropolitan Police are putting knife crime before terrorism as TOP priority.

      On the brutal killings of these two french students, the police in charge of the investigation have said its like nothing they have ever seen before in brutality, its GOD AWFUL and brings tears too your eyes for these fine young men and the bright futures they had before them that are now lost.

    7. MissKatie on July 6th, 2008 10:20 am

      mary uk
      indeed this is a brutal crime.. I cant began to imagine how they suffered.. I mean I have cut myself before and know how a small cut burns.. but I could never imagine the pain of being stabbed in the head and other parts.. total brutality…may they rest in peace and their families be comforted by the spirit of god…

    8. Shay on July 6th, 2008 4:33 pm

      “Go yankees”? Do you really think it is appropriate to be this glib after an article about the horrific murders of two young men. There is a time and place and this is not the time nor the place.

    9. Truth on January 1st, 2009 3:16 pm

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