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Paris Officer Killed in Recent Terrorist Attack was a 'Proud Gay Man'

Friday Apr 21, 2017

A police officer who was killed in the terrorist attack allegedly carried out by ISIS Thursday on the Champs-Élysées in Paris received a New York Times obituary, where he's described as a "proud gay man."

Xavier Jugelé was in a police vehicle guarding Paris' most famous street, Champs-Élysées, when a gunman opened fire, killing him and wounding two other officers as well as a bystander. He was 37.

Officer Jugelé was mourned by friends and family Friday as well as fellow officers. Mickaël Bucheron, president of Flag, a French group for LGBT officers, told the Times Jugelé was "a simple man who loved his job" and that he was "really committed to the LGBT cause." Jugelé was a Paris police officer since 2010.

"He joined the association a few years ago, and he protested with us when there was the homosexual propaganda ban at the Sochi Olympic Games," Bucheron added.

Born in Bourges and growing up in central France, Jugelé leaves behind a partner.

"He was aware of the risks of the job and the terrorist threat, although we did not speak a lot about it," Bucheron told The Times. "He was a great man and friend; it is a big shock for us."

The newspaper reports Jugelé protested against Russia's controversial "homosexual propaganda" law before the 2014 Olympics, which were held in Sochi, Russia.

France's President Francois Hollande said Thursday there would be an official tribute to Jugelé in the coming days.

ISIS took responsibility for the attack and the gunman was shot dead as he tried to escape the scene.

Click here to read The Times' full obit on Jugelé.


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