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Man Accidentally Killed At Peaky Blinders Fancy Dress Party After Guests Brought Guns As Props

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Man Accidentally Killed At Peaky Blinders Fancy Dress Party After Guests Brought Guns As Props

A man has died after he was accidentally shot at a Peaky Blinders fancy dress party in France.

The New Year's Eve party took a tragic turn after one of the guests brought a loaded rifle as part of his costume which he accidentally fired, hitting 27-year-old Thomas Bernabé in the chest.

The party was held at a remote house in Monbazillac in Dordogne - with guests, who were mainly in their 20s, dressing up as characters in the popular show, petitebleu.fr reports.

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC
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Mr Bernabé was shot by another man, also aged 27, inside a garage shortly while people were outside smoking.

Emergency services arrived at the party at around 9.30pm but despite the best efforts of paramedics, Mr Bernabé was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man who fired the gun has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and now faces up to five years in prison.

The death is being treated as accidental, police have said.

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According to local media reports, the gun belonged to the man's dad.

Bergerac prosecutor Odile de Fritsch told AFP: "About 20 people born between 1991 and 1993, all former high school friends, gathered Thursday in an isolated house for a fancy dress party inspired by this British television series, which features gangsters in three-piece costumes and caps.

"At around 9:30pm, a shot was fired from a weapon brought by a guest."

Police said other guests also brought guns to the party.

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The rifle involved was said to be dirty and not used in a long time - according to reports, the man who brought it thought it was unloaded.

Credit: CBO Group
Credit: CBO Group

Mr Bernabé was a motorbike fan and the Agen Supercross team, where he volunteered, has paid tribute on social media saying: "He was a brilliant smart boy. We worked together preparing the Supercross at Walibi, like Estillac and Armandie Stadium in Agen.

"He was a fervent, dedicated Supercross volunteer, always gave the best for the event's success."

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Adding: "Thomas was brilliant, handsome, kind. Life is unfair sometimes.

"For us old people, Thomas was also our child. To the youngest, he was a friend and even a brother.

"Thank you, Thomas, for the interest and happiness you brought to us.

"We all love you and we will always love you."

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Featured Image Credit: CBO Group

Topics: World News, France

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