When Monique * thinks of Julie Douib, she evokes the long walks on the white sand beaches that border the village of L’Ile-Rousse (Haute-Corse) where they met. She remembers their little boys’ soccer games during which their friendship was formed. She describes the bursts of laughter they shared. “Julie, it was a sun”exclaims Monique, still shocked by the death of her friend two years ago.
This mother of two died on a Sunday morning, March 3, 2019, at her home, after receiving two 9mm caliber bullets fired at close range by her ex-spouse Bruno Garcia. The latter immediately went to the village gendarmerie to confess the murder. Placed in preventive detention for the assassination of his former companion, his trial opens Thursday, June 10, at the Bastia tribunal de grande instance.
Bruno Garcia and Julie Douib met in 2006, near L’Ile-Rousse. She was then only 21 years old, he was 29. “Originally, she was just leaving for a summer job in a restaurant, she had to come home after a season”, says Lucien Douib, Julie’s father. There, the young brunette falls head over heels in love with Bruno Garcia, a local child. “He had played the great game on her, and she had let herself be seduced, picks up his father. He looked like the ideal son-in-law when she told us about it, she was happy. They were a beautiful couple. “ They settle together in L’Ile-Rousse, a seaside and rural town, where everyone knows each other. “They were the opposite of each other”, observes Monique.
“He was rather withdrawn and not very sociable, she was just the opposite.”Monique, a friend of Julie Douib
After a few years, they welcome their first child. Then a second, two years later. Julie no longer works and devotes herself to educating her boys, now aged 10 and 12. In the rare moments that she allows herself, she likes to create her own jewelry, which she sells at local fairs. “In the village, we knew that her children were her whole life. She accompanied them to school, to sports, and did not go out much. But that’s how she was happy.”, describes Monique.
On Facebook, Julie shares photos of a seemingly happy family. A way to keep in touch with those close to her, who stayed in her hometown of Vaires-sur-Marne (Seine-et-Marne), like Céline Lolivret, her childhood friend, who sees each of her publications scroll. The births of their respective children are an opportunity to rediscover their friendly ties, diluted by distance. “Julie was the first to send me a gift at the maternity ward”, remembers, moved, Céline Lolivret, who describes a faithful friend and full of attentions.
At the time, the correspondence was more regular between the two women, and Julie gradually indulged in rare confidences about her life as a couple, not as brilliant as displayed. “She would tell me that he got angry with her a lot, that he was violent, but she always minimized things”, assures Celine Lolivret.
“She made me promise to keep everything to myself lest her parents find out, because I ran into them almost every day. She was ashamed.”Céline Lolivret, a childhood friend of Julie Douib
In L’Ile-Rousse, Julie continues to display a wide smile in front of her friends. She confides little. The couple are however known to have quarreled several times in public. “I remember a scene at the fair, where she sometimes sold her jewelry creations. Her companion got carried away and broke his stand”, says Valentine Biancardini, a resident of the town, who only vaguely knew the couple and who organized the white march in tribute to Julie Douib after her death. “We knew they were arguing a lot, but she didn’t go into it, so we didn’t talk to her about it either.”, remarks Monique.
Julie’s father remembers a call from his daughter received in July 2018, during which she confided, for the first time, to suffer violence and threats from her companion. “We fell from very, very high”, he says.
“He forbade her to see her friends, to work, and that had been going on for years already. He exercised his grip gradually. We should have known about the violence, but she protected us. As soon as we found out about it. , we wanted to help him. “Lucien Douib, father of Julie
In August, her parents went to Corsica to try to convince her to leave. “He had threatened her even in front of me”, remembers Lucien Douib. The following month, yet another argument, in front of the couple’s children, convinces Julie to leave the marital home for good and to go back to rebuilding herself after 13 years of living together. “From that moment on, he put her through hell. He kept her from seeing her children. He followed her. Death threats were piling up against her and me too.”, explains his father, who goes back and forth to Corsica to “support his daughter”.
After the separation, several complaints and handrails are filed by the victim, his father, but also Bruno Garcia, for violence, theft, degradation or non-public insults. In total, Julie lodged a complaint six times against her ex-companion, for threat of death, harassment and assault and battery.
“She had reported that her ex-boyfriend carried a gun. She was told that nothing could be done until he had used it.”Lucien Douib, father of Julie
Antoinette Salducci, at the time departmental councilor, remembers having crossed the young woman in the street, a few months before her death. The conversation begins around the village football team and then focuses on the violence that Julie suffers. The former elected remembers: “I had heard about her situation through other relatives. She told me that the gendarmerie had not followed up on her complaints. I was shocked, I told her to contact the social services of the town hall. . ” She describes an optimistic young woman, although worried, who had just found accommodation and signed a CDI. “She wouldn’t let it go. To see her determination, it could only get better for her …” regrets Antoinette Salducci.
Behind the scenes, Julie Douib continues to fight to obtain custody of her sons, which a family court judge from Bastia granted, provisionally, to their father, according to a judgment of January 28, 2019. “Two days before the murder, he allowed her to see them and came to pick up the children unexpectedly, threatening her. So she went to the gendarmerie”, remembers Lucien Douib. There, she discovers that her complaints have all been dismissed. “He will have to kill me for you to take me seriously”, she blurted out to the gendarmes, according to her father’s story. Julie Douib was found bleeding two days later on the balcony of the apartment where she had been living since the separation, injured in her chest and left arm. She succumbed to her injuries soon after.
The trial which opens Thursday will seek to know more about the course and the motivations of his ex-companion, who shot him three times, hitting him twice. In front of the investigators, Bruno Garcia affirmed that his act was not premeditated, but the prosecution assures the contrary and the investigation proves that he carried out “a stalking” of his ex-partner. The suspect had done research on the internet such as “penalty for homicide with a weapon” and “move to Thailand”. “Me too, I will soon join your brother-in-law in Borgo”, one of the two prisons of Haute-Corse, he had also declared to an acquaintance the day before the facts, recalls AFP. Contacted, Bruno Garcia’s lawyer did not respond to requests from franceinfo.
Julie Douib’s feminicide, the 30th out of 146 counted in 2019, sparked an unprecedented mobilization and led to the organization of a Grenelle on violence against women. Which resulted in 46 measures, including the deployment of anti-rapprochement bracelets. In Corsica, where she lived, her murder provoked a great stir and nearly 4,000 people marched, on March 9, 2019, during a white march between the home of this smiling young woman to the Mediterranean beaches she loved. “It was a flower, my daughter, moves Lucien Douib, who now takes care of the couple’s two boys. We promised each other with my wife to do everything to make them happy. “
To drown his sadness, Lucien Douib threw himself headlong into the fight against violence against women and he confides in having a heavy heart with each new feminicide. “It took a year and a half for us to start seeing progress linked to the Grenelle, it’s still very slow, he breathes. It is unbearable to see women die from the blows of their ex-spouses. “ Monday, June 9, on his way to attend the trial of his daughter, he nevertheless assures that he has confidence in justice: “Maybe we’ll finally be able to move on after two painful years, but the sadness will still be there.”
* The first name has been changed at the request of the person concerned.