A 25-year-old British expat who was shot dead by a hunter who mistook him for a boar near his home in southwest France has been named.
Morgan Keane is said to have died instantly when a hunter's bullet struck him in the remote hamlet of La Garrigue, near Calvignac and north of Toulouse.
A 33-year-old Frenchman, who was not named, was taken into custody on Wednesday afternoon after the tragedy. He is now charged with manslaughter.
Both of Mr. Keane's parents have died in recent years, leaving him and his younger brother – who is said to be only 21 years old – to live alone in the house.
Her father died last year and the sons looked after family affairs, sources claimed.
A 25-year-old British expat who was shot dead by a hunter who mistook him for a boar near his home in southwest France was named Morgan Keane (pictured).
Lilliane – a friend in nearby Cajarc who only wanted to be identified by her first name – told local media that Mr. Keane "was very close to his parents".
She added, "He took care of his mother, stayed by his father's bed and watched over him to the end."
Lilliane, who runs a pottery and is originally from South Africa, described Mr. Keane as an avid musician who was creative and generous.
Gavin, her husband, said, “Morgan has always been helpful. If he agreed and asked for help on a construction site and restored a building, he was always there. & # 39;
In a tribute on Facebook Liliane wrote: “Michael's best friend and our surrogate boy were accidentally killed by a hunter last night.
He leaves behind a 21-year-old brother. His father died this year and his mother a few years ago.
Mr Keane is believed to have died instantly when he was hit by a hunter's bullet in the remote hamlet of La Garrigue (the area pictured) near Calvignac and north of Toulouse
“This is the saddest thing that has ever happened to me.
“For those in our area, please spread the word that we will have a protest walk in Cajarc on Saturday at 2pm.
'More details later. Please come and bring your friends, this hunt has to stop. & # 39;
The incident occurred the day after another hunter was jailed for accidentally killing a British cyclist in the French Alps in 2018.
An investigation source said about the incident on Thursday: “It happened when a boar hunt passed on the edge of the village just before 5pm on Wednesday.
The victim was chopping wood in front of his house when a stray ball hit him.
"The emergency services arrived soon after, but they found that the young man had died on the spot."
A 25-year-old British man was just 300 feet from his home when he was shot and killed by a hunter who was on an organized boar hunt near Lot in south-western France. Pictured: hunters gather before a wild boar hunt in France (file photo)
The shooter, who was from Montbazens, hadn't drank alcohol and was "ashamed of what happened," the source said.
The suspect is said to have had a hunting license and was in an organized shoot.
Mr Keane had lived in the village for a number of years as part of a British expat family – including his brother.
"They are friendly, nice boys," said a close neighbor. "Everyone is in shock – it's a terrible tragedy."
Didier Burg, the Mayor of La Garrigue, said Mr Keane "lived with his brother and was a quiet and very nice boy".
A spokesman for the Cahors Prosecutor's Office confirmed that she has since "opened an investigation into manslaughter."
In response to the "terrible accident", André Manié, President of the Association of Hunters of the Lot Department, offered his "sincere condolences" to the family of the victim.
Mr Manié said his organization would "redouble its efforts to provide better training and safer hunting practices".
Prosecutor Frédéric Almendros previously told the French media: "The shooter thought he had identified a wild boar, but his shot caused the death of this young man who did not take part in the hunt."
Lucas Clerc (22) (left) shot Mark Sutton (34) (right) because he believes he is an animal and, according to his father Dominique, is still in the hospital, which is being treated for a severe shock.
The investigation into the shooting "must determine the exact circumstances surrounding this accident, specifically the shooting distance, visibility and angle of the shooting," the prosecutor continued.
The investigators were still on site on Thursday evening to determine these factors and to determine the organization and planning of the hunt, the safety instructions for hunters and the marking posts.
All of these elements are examined to determine who is responsible for the shooting.
The incident comes after another French hunter was incarcerated for a year and accidentally shot a British man under similar circumstances.
Marc Sutton, 34, originally from Wales, was fatally shot and killed with a rifle in 2018 while cycling a popular route high in the French Alps.
Lucas Clerc, a 24-year-old hunter, was convicted Tuesday after admitting he fired the fatal shot intended for a wild boar.
Clerc was sentenced to a total of four years, three of them suspended, It was forbidden to own a weapon for five years and hunting was forbidden for ten years.
A 24-year-old French hunter has been jailed for a year for shooting 34-year-old Marc Sutton, who was killed while cycling in the French Alps in 2018
According to the French broadcaster France3, he burst into tears when the verdict was pronounced.
Two other hunters, the father of one of them who had been hunting, and this man's wife were also given suspended sentences of between six and 18 months for hiding evidence.
A court heard that they had changed the hunting protocols to look like they weren't in the area at the time and later put up signs warning of a hunt so it looked like they had safety precautions met.
Mr Sutton had lived with partner Jo Watts in the Haute-Savoie region of France for four years before he was killed on October 13, 2018.
The couple were known locally as the owners of two restaurants, one vegetarian, and very popular with customers.
Around 6:50 p.m. on the day in question, Marc was riding down a steep but popular bike path near his home when he was hit and killed by a bullet.
An investigation showed that Marc was wearing highly visible clothing and that visibility was good at the time of his shooting.
Instead, investigators pointed to a litany of safety flaws by the hunting party, including the fact that they had not posted signs warning of a hunt in the area.
The largely inexperienced party had also failed to appoint a person in charge of the hunt, had not established a clear area for their hunt, had not completed the proper paperwork, and hunted within 500 feet of homes, prosecutors said .
The hunter had said the bullet that killed Mr Sutton (left with partner Jo Watts) was intended for a wild boar, but prosecutors pointed to a litany of security flaws
Mr Clerc's father, Dominique, said his son (pictured) shot Mr Sutton because he believed he was a deer
The hunter (pictured left and right with an unknown friend) owns a forest company and regularly posts photos of himself hunting in the French Alps
Investigators added that the hunter targeting a boar did not aim the shot at the ground as required, but instead shot directly.
That meant that if he missed the shot, the bullet could go far enough to hit and kill Marc, who had unknowingly slid into the line of fire.
Frédéric Noetinger-Berlioz, a lawyer for the victim's family, described the hunters as "pathetic and pathetic" and called the phrase "balanced … under the circumstances".
He added that the hunt was not the cause of Mr. Sutton's death, but "criminal hunters who did not observe safety rules".
At the time of his death, Miss Watts paid tribute to a "kind, happy, loving man" who said they had spent nine happy years together.
It was also described by those who lived in the French Alpine community, whom they described as "popular" and "popular".
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