“A week ago, we experienced jubilation with him in the streets of Orléans”: Bénédicte Baranger speaks after the death of young Côme, page of Jeanne 2024

“A week ago, we experienced jubilation with him in the streets of Orléans”: Bénédicte Baranger speaks after the death of young Côme, page of Jeanne 2024
“A week ago, we experienced jubilation with him in the streets of Orléans”: Bénédicte Baranger speaks after the death of young Côme, page of Jeanne 2024

The day after the announcement of the accidental death of Côme Andres, a 15-year-old from Orléans who took on the role of page of Joan of Arc for the 2024 Holidays, Bénédicte Baranger, president of the Orléans Jeanne d’Arc association, reacts .

Côme Andres, a 15-year-old young man, designated as one of the two pages of Joan of Arc for the 2024 Holidays, died on Wednesday May 15 in a traffic accident in Orléans. He attended Saint-Paul-Bourdon-Blanc high school, in second grade. Born in Châteauroux, he was the fourth and last child of his siblings.

A few hours after the announcement of the tragedy, the Orléans Jeanne d’Arc association, around Bénédicte Baranger, its president, published a press release in which it expressed its “deep sadness following the announcement of the death of Côme Andres, page of our Jeanne Maïlys. He experienced this support with joy and enthusiasm (…) We assure his family and friends of our sincere condolences and our very Johannine affection.

The day after the events, Bénédicte Baranger spoke on this subject:

What was your first reaction to hearing the sad news?

“Since yesterday morning (Wednesday), I feel completely empty. We cannot prepare for an event like this. A week ago, we experienced jubilation with him in the streets of Orléans…”

How had he experienced these Johannine Festivals?

“He was happy. Like many pages before him, I had seen him flourish as his preparation progressed, until May 8. He was passionate. He had the very spontaneous temperament of a 15 year old. He was unvarnished, unmasked, direct. He had such a good time over the holidays that he asked me if he could be a page again next year.

Is the OJA association planning to organize a tribute?

“I have to speak with his parents this afternoon (THURSDAY). Only they will decide what tribute they wish to pay to their child. We do not want to impose ourselves in any way. Certainly, his mission as a page marked his life recently, but before that, he lived fourteen years without us. We have to stay in our place.”

A vigil has already taken place…

“In fact, a vigil was organized spontaneously in a church in the Madeleine district last night (Wednesday). There were all his friends from his scout group, with the chaplaincy. His entire high school too. Mayor Serge Grouard and Bishop Monsignor Blaquart were also there, but “anonymously”. His parents were in the front row…”

How is Maïlys Boët, the young girl who featured Jeanne this year, at her side?

“She is devastated. They were friends since childhood…”

You ask Jeanne “to support her loved ones in this painful ordeal”…

“As believers, Saint Joan of Arc will undoubtedly support them. But humanly, it is, in any case, revolting, for the life to be brutally taken from an adolescent.”

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