Jean Michel Bouvier, the father of one of the French tourists murdered in Salta, came to public to speak of his daughter’s ordeal. “I’m not religious, but I often say that Cassandre and Huria suffered true martyrdom. There are more and more elements of a massacre,” he said.
During an interview with RTL radio, he talked about the state of his daughter’s body at the morgue. “In her face you could see the impact of a small-caliber bullet. The most visible were the blows,” he said. “The broken nose, the crushed jaw, the multiple hits. (…) The body was found a long time after her death and her eyes were open. In her eyes there was tragic dignity and horror. You could see she had fought. They denied her as a woman.” Bouvier has become an activist, bidding for the French legislation to give special status to femicide.
The man, who met President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner in Paris in September, insisted that he did not blame Argentina for what happened and asked the judges to investigate what happened in the days before the incident, to assess whether the girls had met anyone whom they trusted and may be linked to the murder. “Judge Ramael gave me information regarding the autopsy that was done in France. There is no doubt they hacked at her to unfasten her bra.”
The bodies of Cassandre and Houria were found on July 29 in Quebrada de San Lorenzo, a few kilometers from Salta. The girls were sexually abused and brutally murdered, and had been missing for two weeks before being found. Gustavo Lasi, Daniel Vilte and Santos Vera have been detained in connection with the murder. Seven others are accused of covering up.